Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Whole Group Games

Sight Word Scramble
(my class favorite)

This takes a little room rearrangement and is high energy but FUN! You will need to print off two copies of a rocket word list with enough sight words for each student to have one, you want multiples of each word and a copy for yourself so you can call out the words. Have the students move their chairs in a circle, leave one out. There will be a student standing in the middle. Hand out one sight word to each student and have them sit in their chairs, pick one student to be in the middle. Go around the circle to review the sight words and make sure that all students know what they have. The teacher calls out one of the sight words and the students with that sight word have to run and switch chairs with someone else that's up. The student in the middle also scrambles to find a seat. Each time there will be a student left in the middle. Keep playing by calling out different sight words. It gets really fun when you start calling out two or three sight words at a time. After a couple rounds I have the students pass their cards to the right so they have a new sight word to remember. I'll do this three or four times depending on how long it keeps their interest.

Here it is in The Mailbox magazine.
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Secret Sight Word
Separate the class into groups of four according to the level sight words they are working on. Print out a rocket word list for each table and enough pennies(or any other manipulative) for each student to have their own. One student has to think of a sight word and discretely write it down on a dry erase board. When that student is ready the other students at the table try and guess which sight word it is by putting their penny on one of the sight words. When the students have all guessed a sight word the dry erase board is turned over. If the students were correct they get a point. The students take turns picking a secret sight word. The first student to twenty points is the winner or play until you're out of time. The sight word boards can be changed when a round is over.

Read and Tally
Separate the class into groups of four. Each student needs to be able to see the wipe board. The teacher writes a sentence on the board, each group needs to discuss what it says, the first group to read the sentence gets a tally mark. Which ever team raises their hand first gets to be the first team to try and read the sentence. If they don't read it correctly their team does not get a point. Each student can only read the sentence two times so the really good readers will only get to read it twice and then will have to help their teammates read.

Around the World
All the students sit in a circle (or in their desks) One student stands behind another student who is sitting. The teacher flashes them a sight word. Whichever child says the word first will move on to the next student. The student who makes it back to his or her own desk or starting point is the winner.

Divide the class into two teams of X's and O's. Write sight words in the tic-tac-toe spaces. Team members take turns coming up and selecting a space to read. If the child reads the word correctly, he or she may put up an X or O for his or her team. If the answer is incorrect, the other team gets to send a player to the board to try to read the same word.
An easy alternative to save time and keep the game moving is to have several tic-tac-toe boards made up with words ahead of time on overhead transparencies.
Another alternative is to give each child a blank copy of the tic tac toe board, and put the list of words on the board. The children can place the words wherever they want to on their board. As the teacher calls the words out, she will have to tell the children if the word is an X word or an O word. The first child to get tic-tac-toe is the winner.

Erasing Relay
Write two columns of words on the board that are approximately equal in difficulty. Include as many words on the board as there are children in the relay. Children are divided into 2 teams, and will stand in two lines at right angles to the chalkboard. At the signal, the first child in each line points at the first word in his respective column of words and reads that word. If he or she reads the word correctly, he or she is allowed to erase that word. The game is won by the side that erases all the words first.

Word Wall Bingo
 Each child has a bingo card with six blank spaces. The children write one word wall word of their choice in each space. Then the words are removed from the wall, placed into a container, and pulled out one by one. If the word that is pulled out is on a child's Bingo card, that word may be covered with a marker. When the entire card is covered, a child can yell "BINGO!"

Word Wall Bingo (small group)
 This game is done in a small group of 5-7 children. Sight words are written on either 9 word or 15 word cards (cards are laminated so they can be re-used). The teacher picks a word from a box, reads it and uses it in a sentence. If the word is on their card, the children put a marker on that word. The winner is the first child to completely fill his/her card.

 Materials: Blank "Wordo " cards with 9, 16, or 25 blocks. Copy of words being studied
Have students fill in their cards with the words that they are working on. Tell them that each card must be different and to try to mix up the words they are using. Playing the game is similar to BINGO. The teacher calls out the words and has the students spell it out loud and then mark their spaces. Spelling the words out loud will give those who are unsure of the word some extra help. The first child to cover an entire row calls out the word "WORDO"! The winner can call out the words the next time.
 Materials: Sight words at 4 different levels (from simple to more difficult). Make them on different colored cards and have the type of hit that each color represents posted somewhere thateveryone can see it clearly.
Designate different places in the room as 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and homeplate. Divide the students into 2 teams. Designate one team as the home team, and the other as the visitors. Mix up the cards. The children take turns going to the homeplate. Draw out a card and let the child attempt to read the word. If the student can read the card correctly, he or she may move according to the type of hit. (A single: move 1 base, a double: move 2 bases, a triple: move 3 bases, and a homerun: go all the way to homeplate.) Make sure that you have included some strike out cards and walk cards among the word cards. If the student is unable to read the word, it is considered an out. After 3 outs, the next team gets to "Bat". Keep the score so that everyone can see.
Team Sight Word Race
 The children are divided into 2 teams. Each team takes a turn attempting to correctly read a word turned up from a pile of sight words. If one team misses, the opposite team then receives a chance to read that word in addition to their regular turn. Score is kept on the number of words each team reads correctly. Have each team member go to the back of the line after each try whether successful or not. This enables all members to gain equal practice and does not eliminate those people who need practice most.
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