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Free Sight Word Activities

Fluency, Literacy, Sight Words

Written by: Jess Dalrymple

Sight words make up 50%-75% of the words in children’s books. Wow! No wonder they are important for kids to know. Sight words are words that children need to memorize. Typically, they are not words that can be “sounded out” but instead must be learned by sight. Memorization can be achieved through repetitive practice using fun and free sight word activities. Read this post to learn about two instant sight word activities you can download and try 100% free!

free sight word activities plus custom word list generator

There are countless engaging ways for students to practice their sight words.

The two free activities featured in this post are kid-tested favorites! Read on to learn about how to use two of our favorite sight word activities: Sight Tac Toe and Color, Trace, Write!

Free Sight Word Activities

How to Set Up the Free Activities With Your Own Custom Words

First of all, download the freebie (linked at the bottom of this post). Next, type your sight word list on page two. The video below will walk you through how to complete this step.

How to Use Sight Tac Toe

After you’ve typed in your custom word list, print the sight tac toe activity. Give one page to two students. Assign a sight word to each student. Students take turns writing the sight word on the tic tac toe board. The first student to get three in a row wins!

two free sight word activities for 1st and 2nd graders

Use a dry erase pocket or sleeve to play this over and over again!

practice sight words with a partner using the free sight tac toe game

How to Use Color, Trace, Write

After entering the sight words on page two of the freebie file found below, print the number of pages you need for your class. Students choose a marker, crayon, or colored pencil. Start at the top. Color the first word. Trace the second word. Write the third word. The student can cover up the words and try to spell the word from memory.

color trace write is a free sight word activity for 1st and 2nd grade
download color trace write for free sight word practice

Bonus: Create Your Own Sight Word List in Seconds

Do you have your own custom list of sight words from your school district’s chosen curriculum? No problem! In seconds after typing your list on the master slide, watch the magic happen! Your words are placed on all the sheets, including this word list!

generate custom sight word lists with this free download

You can use your custom sight word lists in a variety of ways! Print them for a small group activity, use them to display on the board for the week, give them to students to glue into their notebooks to reference all week…the possibilities are endless!

custom sight word lists can be used in many ways

Free Sight Word Activities


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