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3 Fall Sight Word Games

3 Fall Sight Word Games

It’s that time of year again! Time for sweaters, pumpkins, and your first small group lessons! By now, you probably had the opportunity to assess your students, and you’re ready to start pulling groups. Today I am sharing 3 Fall Sight Word Games that you can play with any group! 

To get started, you will need some sight word cards. You can choose different words for each group, but the activities stay the same. #timesaver  I’ve been using these sight word cards with decodable sentences for years. Children get to read the word in isolation, read it in text, and practice decoding every time they get a card! The cards are available for reading levels A-N so there are options to fit every student in your classroom.

Smart Scarecrow Sight Word Game

This simple sight word game is always fun! To prep, grab an old gift bag or basket. Toss in a set of sight word cards and a set of Smart Scarecrow game cards.  ⬇️⬇️You can download them for free below. 

Shake the bag, and you’re ready to play. Students take turns pulling out one card and reading it. If they get a Smart Scarecrow, they must follow the directions on the card. Keep playing until you run out of time or sight words. 

Harvesting Sight Words Game

This game combines sight words and fine motor skills for hands-on fun! To get started, pour some dried beans into a bin. For an autumn feel, I added a few sunflowers and small gourds. Pop in some sight word cards, and you’re ready to go. 

To play, students take turns using a pair of tongs or tweezers to “harvest” a sight word. After picking a card, they read it and write the word on the recording page. You can print black and white student copies or use a page protector and dry erase marker for repeated practice. Keep playing until all of the words have been “harvested” and recorded.  ⬇️⬇️ You can download your recording sheets below. 

Fall Find a Word

This Fall Sight Word Game can be played with small groups or a whole class. To get started, slide a set of sight word cards into a pocket chart. Make a special “Fall Pointer” by clipping a sunflower onto the end of pencil. 

To play, give one student the Fall Pointer. You can tell the student a word to find or you can give them a word feature to find. Here are some examples:

  • Find a word that begins with the /c/ sound
  • Find a word with the /i/ sound in the middle
  • Find a word that ends with the letter d
  • Find a word that rhymes with “pet”
  • Find a word with 4 letters
  • Find the word “come”

There may be more than one correct answer, and that’s okay! This game helps students to begin analyzing words, which improves their reading and writing. After the student finds a matching word, they can pass the Fall Pointer on to someone else. 

Are you ready to play?

If you know your kids will love these games, download them now! I’m sharing the FREE Smart Scarecrow Game and Harvesting Sight Word recording pages with you. There colorful options and black and white pages included. Just enter your email below to have them sent straight to your inbox. 

    Need Sight Word Cards?

    Want to save some time? Check out my bundle of Sight Word Cards. With levels A-N, they will make every student feel successful! The cards also include take home practice notes, assessments, and more! 

    Your students will love playing these 3 Fall Sight Word Games with you! They are lucky to have a teacher who makes learning new words fun and engaging! 

    Emily Yerty

    Emily Yerty

    I’m a first grade teacher who believes in creating a classroom kids love and activities that keep them engaged all day!

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