Sight Words Lucky 13
Sight Words Lucky 13 is a card game for 2-4 players. Children collect cards by correctly reading the sight words printed on them. They then add or subtract the numbers on the cards until they have exactly 13 points.
- Sight Words Lucky 13 cards
- Lucky 13 scorecards (two per page)
- pennies, checkers, etc. to keep track of points on scorecard
- Lucky 13 winner cards
Create Lucky 13 cards with our Lucky 13 Card Creator, and print the cards out on cardstock paper. Print one Lucky 13 scorecard for each player, plus one or more sheets of Lucky 13 winner cards, all on cardstock paper if available. Cut apart the cards along the dotted lines.
Shuffle the word cards and put them in a face-down stack. Player A draws a card from the stack and reads the word on it out loud, moving her index finger from left to right underneath the letters as she reads. (An adult should demonstrate this reading technique at the start of the game to teach or remind children how best to read the word.)
If she reads the word correctly, she gets to keep the card. She also gets points according to the number printed on the card. For example, if the card has the number 4 printed on it, she gets four points. She can keep track of her points by putting the appropriate number of pennies or checkers on her Lucky 13 scorecard.
If Player A can’t read the word correctly within a few seconds, go through our sight words correction procedure to review and reinforce the correct word. She loses that turn and Player B takes his turn.
Player B then takes a turn, getting a chance to draw a card, read the word, and score points. Used cards can go to the side to be shuffled and re-used later.
The goal of the game is to have exactly 13 points. A player might accomplish this easily, by scoring 4 points, then 3 points, then 6 points (4+3+6=13). More likely the child will get more than 13 points (for example, 4+3+8=15) and need to get rid of points. If a child has more than 15 points, then the next time she draws a card and reads a word, she will subtract the number on the card from her point total. So if she has 15 points and then reads a 5-point card, she should subtract 5 points from her 15 to have 10 points. She can keep track of her score by adding and removing pennies from her scorecard.
Players will bounce back and forth like this, adding points if they are under 13 and subtracting points if they are over 13, until someone has exactly 13 points. That person wins that round of the game.
One round of the game could go very quickly or take several minutes. If you play several rounds, give the winner of each round a Lucky 13 winner card. The ultimate winner is the player who has the most winner cards at the end of the lesson time.
If the second player is an adult, the adult should ask the child to “help” them read each card. This will maximize the child’s practice with the sight words.
4. Confidence Builder
If the children have trouble keeping track of points, an adult can count for them.
If two players are at different skill levels, have them play from separate sets of word cards. For example, Player A can draw from a stack of cards made from the Dolch 1st grade word list, and Player B can draw from a stack of cards made from the Dolch 2nd grade list. Just mark the backs of the cards so you can keep them organized.
6. Printable Lucky 13 Cards
6.1 Custom Lucky 13 Cards
Use the Sight Words Lucky 13 Card Creator to create your own custom set of cards. This generator lets you use select from both existing sight words lists (e.g. Dolch & Fry) as well as allowing you to add custom words (e.g., current vocabulary words, names, etc).
6.2 Blank Lucky 13 Card Templates
6.3 Dolch Sight Words Cards
- Pre-K Dolch Words (40 words)
- Kindergarten Dolch Words (52 words)
- 1st Grade Dolch Words (41 words)
- 2nd Grade Dolch Words (46 words)
- 3rd Grade Dolch Words (41 words)
- Noun Dolch Words (95 words)
6.4 Fry Sight Words Cards
- 1st 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 2nd 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 3rd 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 4th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 5th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 6th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 7th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 8th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 9th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
- 10th 100 Fry Words (100 words)
6.5 Top 150 Written Words Cards
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