Kid-Made Sight Word Bingo

This is so cool!  I love it!  My friend and colleague, Joyce Flynn, came up with the best idea for sight bingo.  I like it so much better than a purchased bingo game.   Here’s how Joyce does it:

1.  She gives each child a piece of white paper and a marker.
2.  She instructs (demonstrates) how to draw the two “landscape” lines and the two “portrait” lines that will make the bingo board.
3.  Next, she writes one sight word at a time on the white board.  The children write it in one of the boxes on their bingo board.  She erases each sight word after it has been written on the bingo board.
Each child is given a handful of markers.  She used teddy bear counters.
She calls out a sight word and they put their marker on it.
 The first child to get three in a row has a bingo.
If a child gets a bingo – they must read each of the sight words in the row.
Joyce makes a chart with the sight words and marks them off as she calls them.  They play at least five rounds.  She says it is quick and so easy!
 I am so doing this tomorrow in my class!  What I love about it is that the sight words are taught with auditory (receptive and expressive), visual (receptive and expressive), tactical, interpersonal, intra-personal. . . it is so brain smart!  Thank you Joyce for sharing this and for letting me post it!!  Most of my best teaching practices I learned from other teachers. . .

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  1. Looks like the children enjoyed playing this game. Great way to get some practice in while making it fun.
    Thanks for sharing. We like a variety of bingo games here, too:)

  2. Great use of the carpet! Bingo is great for sight words, thanks for sharing the photos.

  3. Liz says:

    As a 3-6 teacher, I had made sight word bingo for the older kids, but this is so much better. (Although, my class had no kindergartners…not a lot of readers), but it could be an extension for once they understood the concept of the game. Thanks for sharing!

    Also – loved your idea of discipline and doing away with the green/yellow/red lights. Is the new system still working for your classroom?

  4. Liz – regarding the behavior system – I do not put this system up unless I have a strong need in the class. This year there is not a need for a visual system. I prefer to stay away from any “display” about behavior. Three years ago, however, I was faced with a very intense situation and had to do this for special needs children. It really gave them the outer picture that they could not create internally.

    BTW – went to your blog and loved it!

  5. polwig says:

    I love this idea but I wish I could use it in more real setting. Like driving in the car, listening to the radio or watching a video. I think I will try to incorporate the different ways of bingo into it, almost like site word bingo scavenger hunt, like someone coming into the classroom realizing you are busy and saying I have to run, or radio jumping in saying she is really big, then a movie showing the two bears that can not fall asleep, all verbal. I like the repetive nature of writing on the board and finding on the page but with my own kids I would like it more listening/seeing way.

  6. Kathy! I love where you are going with that! Yes, bingo immersed in everyday life. You have my mind chewing on this! Hummmm……

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