Picture a plate piled high with your favorite goodies. If you’re like me, you’re picturing a pyramid. Perhaps brownies on the bottom, oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies in the middle and decreasing layers building to a peak of buttercream frosting. If you are not connecting this to kindergarten sight words, just stick with me a minute…x
OK, not encouraging any sweet tooth binge eating here, but wanted to create a sweet little visual.
The bottom layer must be the widest to accommodate the weight of the rest of it. That’s kindergarten. Foundational learning must be broad and wide.
Reading instruction must cover the spectrum from naming letters and sounds, all the way to decoding simple words and recognizing high frequency words, or sight words.
While we can’t expect mastery of each and every skill in kindergarten, we can slowly build that brownie foundation. The digital sight words I Spy game offers a fun way to delve into the kindergarten sight words list head first.
Kindergarten Sight Words Digital I Spy features colorful, engaging slides that will motivate your young reader. It includes all 46 kindergarten Dolch sight words to practice over and over again.
Each slide contains one sight word from the Dolch kindergarten sight words list. Students are encouraged to READ it, TYPE it, and FIND it. They will also exercise those fine motor muscles while clicking and dragging objects.
Focus on one slide at a time, work in groups of 10, or use as an end-of-the-year review! This activity is super versatile and can be revisited time and again.
Created specifically for Google Slides or Seesaw, it’s an easy, no-prep way for kindergartners to practice sight words.
Importance of Sight Words in Kindergarten
There are many facets to kindergarten reading, including letter/sound recognition and correspondence, phonemic and phonological awareness, and fluency. Sight words are an equally important component of kindergarten reading instruction.
Dolch sight words lists begin with a pre primer version, followed by kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade. Children can work at their own pace among the various lists and move on as they are ready.
As we build a steady foundation for future skills and knowledge to grow, sight word practice cannot be left out. Automatic recognition of these commonly found words gives kinders confidence while it boosts their fluency.
When children learn to recognize these words automatically, they gain a sense of being a “real reader.” As they continue to learn letter/sound combinations and develop fluency, acing the Dolch word lists can help motivate young learners.
The Dolch sight words list for kindergarten includes 46 words:
How to Use Kindergarten Sight Words Digital I Spy
Click on the link below. A blue button will pop up that says, “MAKE A COPY.”
Click the button so you have your own copy of the activity.
This awesome activity includes 46 slides! That’s one for each Kindergarten Dolch sight word.
Click on the first slide, making sure you are in “Edit” mode as opposed to “Presentation” mode. If you accidentally click, “Present,” just hit escape and you’re back to editing mode.
Help your child read the word in the top box. Help them identify the letters to spell the word. Have some fun with it and maybe SING the word, SHOUT it, or read it in a ROBOT voice, WHISPER voice, etc.
Click on the “Type It” box and then use the keyboard to find the letters and type the word.
Finally, it’s time to play “I Spy!” Ask your young detective to find the word on the grid. Once spotted, he can click on a colored playdough blob to drag it down onto the grid to cover the word.
When ready, click the next slide.
Do as many slides as your kindergartner is interested in. DO NOT feel you must complete all 46 slides in order to be successful with this activity! You can keep coming back to this over and over again.
Every child is different, so it’s important to remember to keep early reading instruction FUN, ENGAGING, and STRESS FREE for ALL!
Engaging sight word activities for kindergartners
The best way to teach sight words? FUN sight word activities! Get creative and keep your students guessing by choosing a variety of sight words games and activities to teach and learn sight words.
- Write the words on word cards to use ALL YEAR (laminate!)
- Make two copies of the set to play memory match (start with 10 words and build from there)
- Use them as flash cards (start with no time limits and add in a timed challenge as skills progress)
- Hide the cards around the room and set your kids loose on a sight word hunt!
- Use the flash cards for a sight word relay. Create 3-5 piles of sight word cards (however many teams you want). Place them on the floor. Ready, Set, Run! Children run to the word card, read it, and run back to the start line to tag the next person in line.
- Break out the play dough for kids to create a list of words they are working on
- Print large word cards, tuck them in a plastic sleeve and let children use a dry/wet erase marker to trace the letters and spell the words
- Choose a word a week and GET SILLY. Each day, spell the word, sing the word, make up movements or a silly dance for each word, “air draw” the word with fingers, there are no limits here-get creative!