Teaching Resources and Activities for Sight Words for 8th Grade


If you need a list of eighth grade sight words, you need to use the list developed for students up through the 3rd grade since that is the highest grade level for which Dolch sight words have been developed. This article will give you an idea of some words to include on your list as well as some fun games and activities.

Eighth Grade Sight Words

Many school districts have a list of between 100 and 200 eighth grade sight words. Other schools focus on common and high frequency words to make up their list of sight words. Of course, standards differ from state to state; so, there is no list out there for eighth grade sight words that is used by everyone.

Here is one that has high frequency words that all eighth graders should know, preferably by sight:

although, another, anything, around, beautiful, because, belief, believe, beneath, between, board, breathe, brought, caught, certain, clothes, committee, complete, decided, desert, different, discussed, doesn't, either, embarrassed, enough, especially, everything, everywhere, excellent, experience, familiar, favorite, field, finally, foreign, friends, frighten, heard, height, herself, himself, humorous, hungry, immediately, interesting, knew, know, knowledge, language, lying, maybe, necessary, neighbor, ourselves, particular, peace, people, piece, please, possible, probably, quiet, really, receive, recommend, remember, restaurant, safety, school, separate, serious, since, special, something, success, their, there, themselves, they're, though, thought, through, throughout, together, until, usually, weight, where, whether, whole, your, you're


Teacher Resources

By eighth grade, most states and school districts are focusing on reading comprehension, writing in different genres, listening strategies, public speaking, and other related areas. If you are a teacher and want activities to help your students increase their vocabulary, spelling skills, and become better readers and writers, there are some resources available to you.

Here are a few:

Internet4Classrooms - This is a fantastic site that has activities that cover language arts standard. It has an amazing amount of stuff, like worksheets, interactive quizzes, etc, in the following areas:

  • Language: structure, usage, mechanics
  • Communication: listening and speaking skills
  • Writing: different genres and purposes
  • Research: all the steps from the topic to the final report
  • Logic: reasoning skills
  • Informational Text: analyze informational texts
  • Media: media as a source of information
  • Literature: literary terms and reading strategies
  • Review Help: practice tests and interactive quizzes

For example, when you click on "Language," you get these subsections:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Usage Errors
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation Marks
  • Spelling
  • Sentence Structure (fragments, punctuation, etc.)
  • Clauses and Phrases (adjective, adverb, etc.)
  • Clauses (independent and subordinate)
  • Sentence Structure (simple, compound, complex)
  • Use Reference Sources
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Latin and Greek Roots
  • Roots and Affixes
  • Multi-meaning Words
  • Textual Structure
  • Cultural and Regional
  • Understand Foreign Phrases

Puzzles and Games for the Classroom

There are several sources on line where you can make your own word search puzzles, cryptograms, crossword puzzles, and more.

Here are a few of them:

At Puzzlemaker, a site from Discovery Education, you can make many different types of puzzles that can be printed out and used in your classroom. Types of puzzles are:

  • Word search
  • Crossword
  • Double
  • Fallen phrases
  • Maze
  • Letter tile
  • Cryptogram
  • Hidden message

It is very easy to use this site.

Tools for Educators has worksheets along with Bingo games and a crossword puzzle maker.

Rebus puzzles are great for 8th graders because it uses both sides of their brains. It's like exercising your mind. A rebus is a puzzle where letters, numbers, and pictures mesh together to reveal a word or phrase. Here are a couple of examples:

  • PAWALKRK = walk in the park
  • HEAD
  • HEELS = head over heels

If you remember the television game "Concentration", it used a rebus puzzle after the contestants eliminated all or most of the matching pairs. Some examples of things that can represent other things are:

  • 4 = for
  • 8 = ate
  • F + [picture of an ear] = fear
  • D + [picture of a light] = delight
  • GR + 8 = great
  • 2 + L = tool

Other great sites for rebuses are:

  • Kids' Pages from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.