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Playing a sight word memory game is a fantastic way to get a little extra practice in your students’ day if sight words are something that they’re struggling with.
Giving them opportunities to practice those words without making them feel monotonous is the key to keeping them interested and engaged and this sight word memory game is the perfect place to start!
Now, a sight word memory game is easy to make and completely customizable, meaning that you can add whatever words your students are currently working on, but for this one, we made it with our littlest learners in mind.
Pre-Primer Sight Word Memory
This particular printable was made for those students that are just getting started on the Dolch sight words and includes all 40 words on the pre-primer list.
To prep the game for your students, you’ll need to print out two copies of the memory game cards on both sides of the paper so that the patterned backing keeps you from being able to see the words on the other side of each card.
Then, simply cut the cards apart, run them through your laminator, and you’re ready to play!
Playing the Sight Word Memory Game
This printable memory game is played the same way as any other, by laying out the cards, patterned sides up, and taking turns trying to find a match.
But, if your students have just started learning their sight words or if this is the first time that you’re playing this sight word memory game, I would highly recommend starting out with a much smaller set of cards.
40 cards all at once would just be way too overwhelming for young learners.
Instead, pick five or ten words to start with, make sure you include both cards to make the matching pair, and play the game with those.
Once your students have mastered those and have a little more practice under their belts, then work on adding some more words.