Dolch sight word games provide K-3 learners with fun, interactive ways to learn sight words. Most students find sight words tricky. Students cannot sound out sight words, but must recognize the word, its pronunciation and meaning at a glance.
Dr. Edward William Dolch coined the term "sight words" in his 1948 book, Problems in Reading, which has since become a classic text for literacy teachers.
Dr. Dolch used a variety of common children’s books and created a list of 220 words that children must learn by sight during grades K-3. Since the original list was created, the site words have been divided into lists for each grade level.
Sight word games take the so-called "Dolch" lists of words and create interesting games to help children recognize these words quickly, easily, and fluently.
Sight word games incorporate many techniques including flash cards, verbal cues and manipulatives. By using various techniques, educators reach children through the three major learning styles:
Children also enjoy the variety found in sight word games. When classroom exercises seem like play, children respond well. Sight word games easily fit the bill through enjoyable, creative lessons.
Online resources typically provide games geared towards auditory and visual learners. Flashcards, printed games, Bingo-style games, and Flash-enabled sites use printed and spoken words that address the majority of learners.
Many teachers struggle with how to teach reading and phonics to kinesthetic or tactile learners.
For students who learn with their hands, some suggestions include:
Adult reading students, whether they are adults learning to read for the first time or English as a second language (ESL) learners, also benefit from learning sight words and playing sight word games. Educators may alter the tone and style of the games to suit a grownup audience, but the original list of Dolch words forms the basis for games for these groups, too.
Many Internet sites offer lists of the Dolch site words and site word games, as well as tips, techniques and lesson plans for teachers to use when creating their own site word games.
Here are some great places to find sight word games online:
Site word flash cards can be the starting point for many other games. The flash cards can be used to spell out sentences or you can leave a word out of the sentence and make a game of find the necessary word or words to complete the sentence.
If you're planning a lesson around sight word games, Teacher Net provides a list of lesson plan suggestions to use as a springboard for your own classroom needs.