5 Fun Ways to Learn Sight Words (with a Spooky Twist)

Students love learning sight words as they play these fun games.
5 Fun and Engaging Sight Word Activities

(Spooky)Sight Word Recall

These sight words games will have students learning sight words in no time! Give your student or students a stack of  sight word flash cards. If you want to purchase our monster sight word cards, then you can use those.  Have him, her, or them select all the words they recognize and put the words aside.  Then, have them select the vocabulary words they recognize from another stack.  See how many sentences they can create from the words they recognize.  If you want to make it more of a competition, have each student race him or herself to see how many he or she can create in 5 min, 3 min, etc.

*Differentiate: Have them see how fast they can write the sentences as they create them.  Or, have them see how fast they can read the sentences as they create them.

Sight Word Flash(Sight Word Trick or Treat)

Done with a partner
See how many sight word cards/vocabulary cards they can recognize in a minute.  Each time they increase their word count they get a token(treats provided in the Monster Sight Words Pack).  They can earn a certain number of tokens to get a prize.

Go Fish Sort(Sight Word Pumpkin Patch)

Done with a partner
Take a sort and turn it into a Go Fish game.  (We have a pumpkin sort in our ELA Bundle.)  They have to collect words from the word families they have. The first to get all the words in their word family wins.  For example,  one student would have to get all -oat words.  Another student might have to get all -an words, etc.
*You could just duplicate the monster cards and play regular Go Fish as well.  You would call it Monster Match.

ABC War(Alphabet Monsters)

Done with a partner 
Played like the game “War,” only the student with the highest word alphabetically wins.  For example, “are” would beat “it”

Monster Dance Off

This activity is performed like the “Hokey Pokey.”  Give each student a sight word card, or to be brief, you can choose a group of students.  Go around the room and make sure each student knows the word on his or her card.  For practice, you could go around the circle in order.  After a few rounds, try skipping around to different students, so they have to pay attention when their sight words are called.  An example of this is: “You put with in, you put with out, you put with in and you shake it all about. You do the monster dance off and you shout your word out, with, that’s what its all about!”

The easiest way to do this is to take the word list from our Sight Words pack and cut it to fit your needs.  This way you have a master list in front of you and don’t have to keep looking at each child’s word as you go around the circle.

Pam’s kiddos love reading their sight words on these cute little monsters!

They look for patterns in our word cards.
Our Monster Sight Word Pack has 3 different “I Have Who Has” Games along with 100 sight word cards like the ones pictured above and a “Boo” Game.

Monster cards with sight words

And if you need more Fall or Halloween activities- Get all these monster games,  plus 20 pumpkin word family sorts, number cards, scoot games, candy corn fact families, pumpkin cycle interactive page, pumpkin cycle pocket chart poem, short vowel sheets, counting by fives spider wheel, counting by tens sheet, a book about kindness in the pumpkin patch and so much more! 170 pages of fun 20% discount!  Read more by clicking here or on the picture below:

Fall Math and ELA activities

Monster Sight Word Boom Cards

Are your students stuck at home doing Distance Learning? Check out these fun Boom Cards that are great for practicing their sight words in a fun game format. Click here to try a few cards for free!

Check out our newest Math with Monsters Products.

Please leave us feedback on how these ideas are working in your classroom.  If you have ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them!

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42 thoughts on “5 Fun Ways to Learn Sight Words (with a Spooky Twist)”

  1. Lesley Boatright

    What fun ideas! It’s always great to shake it up this time of the year because the kids are getting so antsy!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thank you. We completely agree! Here’s hoping these tips give them a satisfactory outlet.

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Monster Sight Word Games looks awesome! I can’t wait for Freaky Friday!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks! The students love playing these games. We love doing Freaky Friday every October! We are so glad that you are excited about it.

  3. WENDY

    Fun, themed games for this time of year, whilst reviewing vocabulary too – perfect! Can’t wait to check out Freaky Friday too!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Wendy! We have a lot of games in our store. Freaky Friday always has great deals.

  4. Anonymous

    Lots of great ideas here…thanks for sharing!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      You are welcome and thank you!

  5. Anonymous

    Great way to engage students and help make learning fun, kids will love these games!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thank you!

  6. Anonymous

    Great assortment of games that will help make learning fun, students will enjoy these!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thank you so much!

  7. What a fun way to learn! I love the classics when it comes to games, so with your “monster” twist, its even more fun.

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Serina! We try to make learning fun!

  8. So excited to try these activities with my students in the coming weeks! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. SOL Train Learning

      You are so sweet to say that Jen! I appreciate it!

  9. Charlene Grubb

    So glad I found your blog and store! Amazing games that look so engaging!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Charlene! We are trying to get all of our resources uploaded as fast as we can so, please keep checking back to see what new games and activities we have. You can see all of them at our TPT store.

  10. Anonymous

    Great activities to make the learning fun and easy!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Awesome! That is what we try to do!

  11. John Robert

    Some great activity ideas – love the Monster Dance Off!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks John! The kids love that one!

  12. Mark and Elyse

    These are so creative and fun! Just in time for the season. Thanks for sharing!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      You are welcome and thanks for your comment!

  13. Wow, these look great, can’t wait to check them out on Freaky Friday. I’m going to have some fun lol.

    1. SOL Train Learning

      I am so glad Karen! Thanks!

  14. Rachel Davidson

    I love all of the different ideas! I can’t wait to use them in my word work center!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      That’s wonderful Rachel! Thanks for your comment!

  15. Laura

    What great ways to practice sight words!! I’ll definitely be using these with my class! Thank you!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Laura! I hope the sight word cards help!

  16. Anonymous

    What a great theme! Love this idea and I am sure my students will too!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Yay! We are so happy to hear that!

  17. Kenny

    Brilliant! These are resources are so important and adorable!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Kenny! The kids love games!

  18. Julie

    This is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks Julie!

  19. Anonymous

    These are such great activities to keep kids engaged during the time leading up to Halloween. Thanks for these great October thematic activities!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks so much!

  20. Kids are going to love these thematic October activities. Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. SOL Train Learning

      You’re welcome! Thank you!

  21. Piotr

    Great resources !

    1. SOL Train Learning

      Thanks so much!

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