I used to ask my students to read through a list of sight words and tick off the ones they knew; I’d use this for reporting and to know which words to focus on for each child.
So, I tried a new strategy:
1. Make a trail of sight word cards across the floor in a winding path; this path represented the rocks in a pond.
2. Students simply jump from word to word reading each one aloud for me. Because they love to jump quickly, they tend to read the words more quickly than they would normally.
3. If they miss a word, no problem – just pick up the word card and keep going. By the time they reach the end of the path, they are holding a pile of words they need to practice!
4. Students keep those words in their practice folder after I record them. I also have them copy the words out to take home for practice.
Here’s a quick video to see it in action:
This “game” could be used for many grade levels. I’ve used spelling words: jump on top of the word and then try to spell the word aloud without looking under their foot…then check to see if they were right. Vocabulary words work too: read the word and explain the meaning. I’ve even played it as a math game: solve the equations before jumping on the card, or add on each new number to a running total!
The possibilities are endless, and it really helps those fidgety little students who love to move around!