Lesson plan

Sight Word Games

Students will practice reading and spelling grade level sight words through a fast-paced game of tic-tac-toe.
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Students will practice reading and spelling grade level sight words.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the start of the lesson.
  • Say, “Today we are going to practice reading and spelling some challenging sight words. Remember that a sight word is a word that we see all of the time, yet can often be hard to sound out. We practice using these words so that we can memorize them.
  • Ask, “What are some sight words that you already know how to read and spell?
  • Provide time for a few students to point out or say known sight words.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that today you will be teaching the students to play a game that will help them to recognize, read, and spell some challenging sight words.
  • Say, “Has anyone ever played tic-tac-toe before? We play this game with a partner and try to get three in a row to win the round."
  • Model how to use the game board by projecting it on the whiteboard or drawing a version on the board for the class to see.
  • Explain that there might be a word that the students don’t know how to read or spell yet, so they should choose one new word to practice each round.
(15 minutes)
  • Go over the new sight words you are using for this lesson and practice reading each word with the class.
  • Hold up one of the word cards you created to display the new sight words and model choosing it as your word.
  • Ask for a volunteer to come up and choose a word for their word.
  • Demonstrate how to play a round with different students coming up to the board to act as your opponent.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the blank Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe boards and and have students complete several rounds in pairs.
  • Provide students with assistance as needed.
  • Support: For struggling students, choose one or two sight words for them to use when playing the game.
  • Choose partners that can support one another and/or are able to play at a similar level.

  • Enrichment: For more advanced students, have them play additional rounds of the game using different sight words.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students choose one sight word they used in the game and write that word on an index card as part of a sentence. Use each index card as an exit ticket for the lesson.
(5 minutes)
  • Go over the new sight words used in the game with the class by holding up the word cards and having the students read each word with you.
  • Answer student questions as needed.

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