Thursday, October 2, 2014

Harvest of Freebies

Fall is here ( is supposed to be in my part of the world).  In celebration, a group of bloggy friends and I got together to created a A Harvest of Freebies Blog Hop.  Hop through each blog and harvest your freebies.  Some of them are for this weekend only, so don't wait!

When I was getting my Masters in Reading, one of the classes I had to take was a summer reading camp for children in the surrounding area.  The teachers were split into groups of four to five.  Each group was given around ten children.  At that moment, I was a middle school teacher.  My college professor wanted us to get experience working with a grade level different from our own, so my students were all soon-to-be second graders.  This was my first experience working with younger students, and it was a blast!  Each teacher in my group "adopted" two of the students.  I worked with a boy and a girl who were adorable!  After giving them some assessments to figure out what we needed to work on, I found out that they need work on sight words.  This was summer camp, so it needed to be fun.

The other teachers and I talked and we decided sight word bingo would be the way to go.  Each student is given a blank card.  In each box of the blank card, they wrote sight words from a given list.  The teacher had a master list of sight words on index cards.  The teacher would say a word.  If the student had that word on their card, he or she put a marker over that word.  Five in a row wins.  We used a variety of markers:  beans, buttons, candy, etc.  The students loved playing this game.  We would end every day of summer camp playing this.

Would you like your own copy?  Click on the picture below.  In the file, you will get a blank cards that are themed for fall and Halloween and every sight word on the Dolch Word list (color coded).  The word lists are sized to be printed on labels and placed on index cards or you can print them on card stock and laminate.  There are also some blank cards, so you can add your own words.

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  1. Thank you so much for the great freebie, Jana. I have a little guy I'm working with right now that needs these, and games work so nicely for tutoring. I'll make great use of it next week!

  2. Wow, what a freebie, Jana! I absolutely love your catchy game title, SWingo, too. Very cute. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Literacy Loving Gals

  3. An amazing variety included in this freebie so will be really useful in class - thank you so much for sharing :)
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

  4. This is great! I have two reading groups that are going to love this- and then I'll reap the rewards of getting them to practice their sight words. Swingo! So much fun to say.
    The Meek Moose

  5. Awesome game, Jana! Definitely going to try it out this month. Thank you!

  6. Hi Jana, I found your blog on the state link up on Fifth in the Middle. I'm looking for an elementary teacher in Arkansas to participate in a 50 state postcard exchange. Would you or maybe another teacher on your campus want to participate? They would need to write and mail 49 postcards, but they will be getting a postcard from each state in return. It's a great learning experience. If you are interested, or know another teacher that would be please email me at

    The Learning Chambers


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