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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sight Word "Go Fish"

Recently I had the sweetest student teacher in my class. It was a thought provoking experience- it certainly makes you aware of your own little idiocyncrasies and question why yourself about your teaching and learning program.

It also means that for a block of time (in this case, one week), you have a student teacher in full control of your class. So all of a sudden you have time to GET THINGS DONE (of course I was still busy supporting them in their new role etc, but it is nowhere as full on as fulltime teaching).

It was a bit of a shock to the system initially. There are so many things to get done that I didn't quite know where to start. However, after 5 minutes the shock wore off and my hands and mind were racing.

I have been meaning to create some more learning activities for my two dyslexic students, and here was the perfect opportunity. First stop- Adrian Bruce. Adrian runs an amazing website dedicated to free, printable learning games and activities. If you haven't already been there, call into http://www.adrianbruce.com/ for a plethora of awesome activities.


In particular, I made this sight word game (link at the end of this post). It is based on the more common card game "Go Fish", but instead of finding pairs of digits, the students are finding matching words from the sight word lists. I followed Adrian's lists, but with a few adaptations in the actual making. He suggests printing and laminating the cards, but I made them up on cardboard cut into large playing card sized squares. I think that this is easier to use/ hold, a bit more durable and easier to make and replace. Its also pretty darn cost effective.

I also used a blue permanent marker to highlight blends/ digraphs etc, as this is currently a learning focus for us. As I made up multiple sets all in one go, I made a small mark on the back of each card to distinguish between the sets. Usually I would put a matching stickers on the back of each set, but just gave up this time. Each set is stored in a little zip lock bag, and popped into their reading group box.

The students absolutely love the game. They naturally adapted it to a sight word memory game after a while, and alternate between the two games as desired. It is a popular request as they get to pick someone from another (higher) reading group to play with.... and will often win! Thank you Adrian Bruce and thank you student teacher!

Link to Sight Word Go Fish:
http://www.printablereadinggames.com/room5/reading-games-5.html

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