Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sight Word Linky- Shower Curtain Game

I'm WILD about this sight word linky hosted by Katie over at Teacher to the Core.

I teach 3rd grade and unfortunately we don't spend a whole lot of time on sight words, so I'm loving the vicarious living through all of you teachers of the teeny-tinies. 

Here is a game that I made in my first literacy class in college. I've never had the opportunity to use it. {a cryin' shame!} 

Our assignment was to make a game using a shower curtain. 

>>Insert a dramatic Whaaat?!<< 

I know, that was my reaction too! Here's what I came up with.

How to play:
Gather your students around the game board. You need a good amount of plastic poker chips (or some other item that is tossable and flat). 

Have your little lovelies take turns tossing their chip. If they can read the word that it lands on, they get to keep the chip. If not, they give it back to you. If you only have one item to toss, you could keep tallies instead of letting them keep the chip.

Play several rounds. The student with most poker chips or tallies wins. You could change it up and play teams, where the reader earns a point for his or her team instead of an individual point. 

If you have wall space or can hang it from your whiteboard or on a fence on the playground it makes a great "fly swatter" game. Call students up in pairs and give them a fly swatter. Call out a word and the first person to swat it wins.   

I'm sure there are many more ways to use this. If you have an idea, share it in the comments. I'd love to hear. Don't forget to link your own sight word activity/strategy/game at Teacher to the Core  

And while I'm at it, I'm going to give Corrina over at Teaching Fabulous Firsties a quick shout out. 

She's having a fabulous giveaway. You don't want to miss the chance to win this:

She has several {I'm jealous!} in her class and raves about them. I'm so ready to FLIP-OUT over all the pencil drama in class that I'm almost ready to buy one myself, but not until I give winning one a try! Good luck everyone


  1. What a great idea! My students would LOVE this!
    The Hive

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  3. Cute! This shower curtain idea is so cool! I think I'll put this on my Target shopping list. If you flip the curtian over does the ink show through? I could do math facts on the other side!

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    Teacher to the Core

  4. Hey! You won the Pick and Draw Book and Game giveaway!! Email me so I can get your address. :) Congrats!!

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  6. I'm thinking you could also play a game of twister by calling the words and body parts. I am going to share this on my Facebook page as I'm sure others will want to know about this brilliant idea. Emma :)

  7. That would be so fun Emma! Great idea :)