a challenging task for beginning readers and finding fun and engaging
activities to help them master these phonetically unconventional words can be a
chore. One of my students recently
came to a session with a charming bracelet that she had created with the use of
letter beads, and it ignited an idea for a fun classroom or home project and
Go to the craft store or Amazon.com to purchase
letter beads and twine or cord. Personally,
I like to use cord that stretches, so that children can easily slip their
creations on and off their wrists. I included
some links at the bottom of the post.
Make a list of challenging sight words.
Have your student(s) select a challenging sight
word and have them place the letter beads onto the cord in a sequence so that
they spell the word. You can limit
each bracelet to one sight word, or you can do two or more by placing spacers
between the words.
three or more players)
Ask each player to wear his or her new sight word
bracelet. Make sure each student
can read the sight word on his or her own bracelet.
Give each player a piece of paper and a clip
Tell the players that they have to read the
sight word or sight words off of each student’s wrist. But, so nobody else can hear, they must
whisper the answer so only the person wearing the sight word can hear them. If they get it correct, then they get
to write it down on their piece of paper.
If they don’t get it right, the person wearing that word or words
whispers the word back in their ear.
They can come back to that person and whisper their sight word again,
but not right away. They have to
go and read at least two other sight words before they can go back and reread
the one that they missed. If there
are not any more words for them to read, they must wait one minute before going
back and giving it another try. The first person to correctly read and write
down all the sight words on everyone’s wrist, including their own, is the
winner. If you don’t want a “winner,” after all the players finish the activity, ask for volunteers to read all the sight words on their paper.
create a sight word necklace with a series of ten or more difficult sight words
that are separated with spacers.
Encourage them to wear it and see if they can read and spell all the sight words for their friends and family members.
I hope you enjoy this activity! I’d love to hear your thoughts!!
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY. To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.com www.dyslexiamaterials.com and www.learningtolearn.biz