Printable Sight Word Games for St. Patrick’s Day
Sight Word Games are one of my favorite ways to teach sight words. I’ve had huge success using these sight word games in the past, so I thought I’d share a more seasonal approach to teaching sight words. Here are five Sight Word Games for St. Patrick’s Day. Grab these kindergarten sight word games here.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
Trap a Leprechaun
The first 100 Fry Sight Words are included with every game. For sorting ease, I like to only play 20 sight words at a time so I can document and assess students. Once they have mastered the first 20, I add 20 more! Have students learn the sight words by practicing and playing. Research shows that children who interact with sight words are more likely to remember them. Make learning fun, silly, and never boring with these 5 Saint Patrick’s Day games!
I’ve attached some fun picture ideas for you to build your very own leprechaun trap, but feel free to come up with your own. I hide the sight word strips all over my classroom. Students can work to “trap” the leprechauns by saying the word when they capture it, coloring the word to trap the leprechaun and then placing it back for other students to find. The student who finds the most leprechauns in the shortest amount of time wins!
The next game is called Shamrock Shuffle and it is included in Sight Word Games for St. Patrick’s Day as well.
No extra supplies are needed for this game! Get ready to get your students up and moving to the Shamrock Shuffle! This game is a great way to get out the wiggles and sometime it is best played spontaneously. Feel free to use this game in centers as well. Students will easily pick up the exercises and be begging to play again and again. I like to go over each exercise with my students. There are a total of 12 exercises in all. It’s like your very own “Go Noodle” just for sight words. As the teacher, you can place all of the cards in a reading ring or make things a bit more fun by attaching the cards to shamrocks and hanging them all over the room. Allow students to grab a sight word card and have everyone practice spelling that sight word out loud while performing the exercise.
Example : Teacher will say, “Ok boys and girls, today we are going to get our feet and hands moving and play Shamrock Shuffle. Are you ready to spell some sight words? Sally, grab any shamrock in the room and see what sight word is on the card. Let everyone know what the word is and what exercise we must do.”
The first word Sally grabs is “with” and the card has arm circles. Students will continue doing arm circles while everyone participates and spells the words out loud. I try to limit this game to five words per day. After we spell the words, we write them down on our Shamrock Shuffle sheet.
Saint Patrick’s Day Roll
This game works on building fluency with your students. Draw words out of your magic hat and have them practice saying the words as quickly as possible. Next, have the students roll their dice until they roll the correct number and color in the block. Have them color all their words to complete the card. Each card is divided by 25 different words.
This game works on building fluency with your students. Draw words out of your magic hat and have them practice saying the words as quickly as possible. Have them circle the word on their hat worksheets.
Students should also practice reading their words out loud to the teacher or to their partner as fast as they can while still retaining accuracy.
Print out the shamrock playing cards. You can attach these cards to fun shamrocks. I found mine at the Dollar Tree. Then laminate and play. This game can be played one of two ways. Much like the Trap the Leprechaun game, the teacher can hide the sight words all over the classroom and have students find them. Once they find the word they must say it and color it in. The first child with all shamrocks colored wins! Another way to play this game is to grab some hand bands and have students wear the word on their head. They must work with a partner to describe the word on their partner’s head. If the partner guesses it correctly, they can color in the shamrock. This version is a bit more complex and made for your higher learners.