Last weekend was WONDERFUL in WINONA, MN! What a beautiful town amongst Minnesota's lakes, and what incredible teachers!!!
THE MKA BOARD ROCKS!!!!
I will always treasure the beautiful quilt that Nancy Nelson made me!
As summer approaches, I know you’re brainstorming ways to encourage children to read, write, and practice skills over their summer vacation. Here are three projects that may encourage your students to continue to practice sight words.
Note! You can adapt these activities to letters, math facts, or other skills you want the children to master.
Treasure Boxes for Lifetime Words
Ask parents to send in empty mint cans. Cut paper into 1 ¾” by 3” rectangles. Have children write sight words on these rectangles and store them their containers.
Hint! Explain that lifetime words are words you will need to be able to read all your life. They are like a “treasure” because they will belong to you forever!!!
Make wallets from construction paper. Lay the paper horizontally and fold up the bottom to 1” from the top. Fold in half. Glue the sides. Decorate with markers and stickers. Cut green paper into rectangles 4” x 2.” These are your “dollars” for your wallet. Children can write their words on the dollars and “save” them in their wallets.
Seal envelopes and cut in half. Cut down 1” from each side and fold down the flap as shown. Punch holes in the sides and tie on a piece of string or yarn. Give children strips of paper cut 2 1/2” x 4” on which to write their sight words. Students can take the words home in their little pockets for summertime practice.
How about some games parents and children can play with the flashcards?
Hide and Seek
Hide the words around the room. Children find them one at a time, bring them to you, and read them.
Children choose a word and use it in a sentence.
*Older students could write a sentence.
Children practice writing words with chalk on the sidewalk.
Sort the Words
Put all the one letter words together, two letter words, three letter words, and so forth.
Sort the nouns and verbs.
Sort the words by syllables.
Can You Find?
Can you find the words in a book? Can you find them printed on food labels or other things around the house?
sightwords.com is a website I'd definitely recommend to parents. It's a good free resource for games and activities based on grade level expectations.