Sight Words Pathways
1. OverviewIn Sight Words Pathways, children will read their way along a path of word cards, reading each word successfully in order to take a step forward. The goal of the Pathways game is to encourage children to read sight words quickly, while also building their confidence through repetition and using movement to help them burn some energy.
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2. MaterialsAll this game requires is masking tape and some sight words cards. For cards, you can use a set of flash cards, either the full-page or half-page size. Use masking tape (or painter’s tape) to secure the cards to the floor, to prevent children from slipping and falling. ↑ Top
Video: How to Play Sight Words Pathways
4. VariationsYou can scale the difficulty level of the game by using an easier or more difficult set of words, and also by changing the number of cards in the path. Make the path more interesting by having it meander all over the classroom, house, or yard. Make the game more physically challenging by placing the cards farther apart, so children have to hop or jump from one to the next. If you do this, remember to tape the cards down first! ↑ Top
5. AssessmentAs you observe this game, make note of how long it takes children to read the words. Are several children getting slowed down by one or two words? If so, give these words extra attention in your next lesson. Also look out for individual children who move slowly throughout the path. ↑ Top
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