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This free Penguin-Themed Sight Word Game is an engaging way to practice word recognition this winter. Playing games with sight words is so much more fun than simply working through flashcards. The words on these cards are ones you’ll likely find in an easy reader about penguins and other winter animals.
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Penguin Sight Word Game Preparation
That penguin huddle is so mesmerizing! I decided to appeal to children’s imagination and make a sight word game based on it. The idea is that as you read the words you place the cards in a huddle. Words you can’t read get left out in the cold.
How to Prep
Print out the cards, and cut on the solid lines. For home use, regular paper is fine. For the classroom, you may want to print on card stock or laminate them.
Next, fold each card on the dotted lines, including the top and bottom. This extra tab gives the cards a little more stability.
Penguin Sight Word Game Instructions
To play, set the cards up in a line. Then, one by one, the child should pick up a card and read the word on the penguin’s belly.
If he can read it successfully, he waddles the card to the middle of the work area. If he can’t read it, he has it waddle around to the back of the line.
With practice, all the penguins will soon be together in a huddle, “keeping warm” in the center of the work area. The child can then rotate the cards and read them again – just like real penguins rotate from the center to the outside of their huddle.
This set includes 16 sight words that are a mixture of “penguin words” and words from the Dolch list for early readers.
The words included are: penguin, cold, black, white, under, water, fish, chick, big, little, jump, yellow, up, run, go, play.
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