Hey y'all! So I never get a chance to post just as a first grade teacher! I've been so consumed with clip art lately (I definitely don't mind) but I thought I'd at least take a brief second to share a fun idea that I am going to do during our SSR Stations this week!
I got this idea from Teacher Tipster. If you've never heard of Mr. Smith, you are REALLY missing out! He is absolutely hilarious. I am convinced he would be the ideal first grade team-mate! WOW look at the screenshot for this video you are about to watch...doesn't he just exude awesomeness?!!!! His kids must adore him!
Anyway! He had a great idea to turn a fun game into a fun & meaningful sight word game. He bought the game Jenga (I only choose name brands...bwaahahaha....lol you'll get that joke when you watch the video). And anyways, on each Jenga block, he wrote a sight word (or Word Wall Word). The kids then stack up the tower and as they take turns removing a block, they have to read the sight word on it before stacking it on the top! How fun is that?! Like...cRaZy Fun, in my opinion! And yes, they play until the tower knocks over! Just make sure to set the expectations high before sending them off to play. You don't want some kids squealing in the corner of the room when the tower tumbles over right in the middle of reading with another group of students.
Here are some pictures of what mine turned out like! I got my pack from Dollar General for about $4. It was the generic brand...sorry Mr. Smith...haha! :) It came with 42 blocks!
Let me know if you decide to try this activity! It seems like something my kids will absolutely freak out over! And definitely go check out Mr. Smith @ Teacher Tipster & subscribe to his Youtube channel. He has so many awesome videos. I actually show my kids his videos, even though he is talking to teachers for the most part. He is just so funny that my kids constantly ask to watch his videos! Check them out for yourself and you'll see!