Sight Words Snakes & Ladders
Sight Words Snakes & Ladders is a twist on the classic Chutes & Ladders board game, incorporating some reading into the game play. The game gives children many opportunities for sight words repetition, while the board game format keeps it fun and engaging.
This game works best with children that are already familiar with the Snakes & Ladders game. Trying to learn both the game and the words at the same time can be too much, particularly for younger children.
The game is most fun when played in a small group of 2-4 players, but a child can also play the game by himself.
The game requires just a few basic items: a game board, game pieces, and a die.
- Snakes & Ladders Board
- Cardstock paper (approximately 110 lb / 200 gsm)
- Game Pieces (checkers, coins, blocks, etc.)
To make the Snakes & Ladders board, print out a Snakes & Ladders board and print it on four sheets of cardstock paper. Trim the edges off the four sheets and tape them together with clear tape. Using tape allows the board to be folded for easy storage in your sight words file when not in use.
Play the game as you would regularly play Snakes & Ladders. But when the player moves their game piece to a new spot, they must read each word along their path in order to progress. If they are unable to read one of the words, then they stop on that word until their next turn.
The player(s) begin by placing their game pieces on the START square. The first player rolls the die and moves forward that number of spaces. On each space the player needs to say the word written on the space in order to keep moving. If they don’t know a word or can’t say the word in less than 10 seconds, then their turn stops and we do a quick correction to help them learn the word.
If a player rolls a number that lands them at the bottom of a ladder and they get the word correct, they may “climb” to the square at the top of the ladder. If a player rolls a number that lands them on the head of a snake, then they “slide” down to the square at the snake’s tail.
The game finishes when all the players get to the FINISH square, with the first player to the end being declared the winner. You do not have to roll an exact number to finish the game.
4. Printable Snakes & Ladders Templates
You can create your own custom Snakes & Ladders board, or use one of our pre-made boards. As you notice the students start to learn the old board, print out a new board that changes the order of the words to keep them from memorizing the positions of words.
4.1 Custom Sight Words Snakes & Ladders Boards
Use the Sight Words Snakes & Ladders Board Creator to create your own custom set of boards. 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).
4.2 Blank Snakes & Ladders Board
4.3 Dolch Sight Words Snakes & Ladders Boards
- 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)
4.4 Fry Sight Words Snakes & Ladders Boards
- 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)
4.5 Top 150 Written Words Snakes & Ladders Boards
To download a template, right-click and select Save As.
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