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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Super Sight Word Bingo

Playing Sight Word Bingo with my students

Hi everyone!  I don't know if I mentioned that I'm teaching summer school this year, but today I have off for the 4th of July.  I know, you probably think I'm crazy, but I really wanted to teach summer school because I only have ten children in each group, I get to teach reading (which I love), and it's only 4 days a week.  Beside all of that, I really wanted to buy hardwood floors for our living room and dining room at home.  Our rug is disgustingly old!

Anyway, I started thinking about the children I have in my summer school class who don't know all their sight words.  So of course I'm going to be using all the modalities to try and really get them to feel, see, and hear them before they're off to the land of first grade.  We've been singing "Popcorn Words" by Jack Hartmann and "Singing the Word Wall" by Dr. Jean, and having a good time writing sight words in sand.

My "Sight Word Bingo" game

This week, I made a really beautiful Sight Word Bingo Game.  I decided to make it so it would be beneficial for the lower kids, the middle kids, and the higher kids in the summer school class.  I used 30 of our kindergarten sight words and 10 more from first grade.  I also thought of complete sentences that would use each sight word, to help the children to make connections to the real world.  To flesh out these sentences I added words such as "cat", "dog", "fish", etc. that are easy to sound out.  I tried it out this week with the kids, and they really enjoyed it.  Ok, you might ask me how I know they enjoyed it.  Well, the second day that I pulled it out, they started yelling out "Yay!  Bingo!", "I want to be blue!", "I want to be red!".  I was really pleasantly surprised because I thought it would be difficult to get the kids out of centers.  I think adding the color choices to the player boards helps them to become engaged from the start of the game.

Please let me know what you think about this game, and any suggestions you have to make it better.  Solid Bingo is coming soon!


  1. Hi Sharon! I am so excited that you wrote to me and I found you. I watched your video and just adore you. Your are just magical with your children! :) I also just went to your TPT store and added 3 of your games to my cart! My friend got me a gift certificate for my birthday. I am thrilled to get your games.
    I am also so excited to find someone from NEW YORK! I went to SUNY Cortland. :) My daughter goes to Niagara University now, so we go through Buffalo a lot!
    I'm glad you like the spider idea. It is just another way to TRY to help the children remember to save their questions until I am not doing a reading group! :)
    THANK YOU again for finding me. SO glad I found you.
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

    1. I'm so excited that I found you too! It's not often that I find bloggers from upstate NY. It's funny that "Buffalo wings" here in Maryland taste nothing like the real thing. The food in upstate NY tops everywhere else. Sincerely, that Very Busy Spider idea is really brilliant. I am definitely going to implement that this year. Please keep in touch and let me know what you think of the games that you purchased. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. I love how the bingo has words AND sentences! This really caught my eye! Thanks for being so rock!!! :)