Monday, October 27, 2014

Hidden Partners- Sight Word Style!

My class loved playing our Hidden Partners game to help reinforce math facts... SO

I thought why not make a game for sight words? So... I did.  It's so easy and the kids had a ball with it.  All you need are some 3x5 cards and a marker.  It doesn't get much easier than that.

Make as many cards as you have students.  If you have 20 students, make 10 sets of two letter words, or 6 sets of three letter words, and one two letter word. (I bet you figured that out all by yourself!) Anyway,   I made one set with two letter sight words, and another set with three letter words,and one four letter word. (OK- that sounds bad... but don't worry, it's a nice four letter word!)

As you can see, I wrote the word on top of the card and one of the letters for the word on the card.  That way, if a child has an "o," he/she knows if it goes with to, go, do, so,  no, or on! 

I gave everyone a card and told them they could not look at it until I said, "Go."  (They were really good about that, actually!)  Then, I had them spread out anywhere in the room.  When I said, "GO," they had to find their Hidden Partner to make their word.  Once they found their partner, they sat down together where they were as quickly as they could, so we could see who had made a word.

We checked together as a class to see that each group made its word.  When we got to a group, that group stood up together, said, and spelled the word.  We clapped if it was right.

We played it a few times in the morning, and they already can't wait to play it again- so I thought I would pass it on.  I can never have enough different ways to practice those sight words!

This is just one of the many activities Dr. Jean and I put together in our book, Dr. Jean's Reading Recipes!  We wanted to share our favorite activities (with lots of different adaptations!) that help children learn, while having fun doing it! 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love this idea! We play a game called May We Trade? that we can do with this idea. After they get through trading for a few minutes, they could find their hidden partner! I just explained that idea on our blog a few weeks ago - may I add a link to your blog in my next post as an extension of the May We Trade game? Thanks! I'll wait for your reply.

    Linda and Lisa (your newest followers!)

  2. How fun ~ I love the way this is set up so all kids will experience success! :) Anne

  3. This is seriously genius!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Miss Giraffe

  4. I did this 1st thing this AM... the kiddos LOVED!!! such a great and simple idea! THANK YOU for sharing.

  5. Sounds easy to prep and fun for the kiddos!! Thanks for sharing

  6. I will be doing this in my class! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is really brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a bright idea. Thanks .Kedibone

  9. Brilliant! Thanks! Signed, A first year teacher who loves people who share their ideas! :)

  10. I love this, a great way to include all learners

  11. Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing!


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