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Sight Word Games: BINGO

Bingo is not only a crowd pleaser for senior social events but also appeals to 5+ children as well as their parents. Playing sight word bingo is a great way to help a child build a sight word vocabulary – it’s both entertaining and educational. It can be played with several children in a classroom or with just a few during family game night.

Make Sight Word Bingo Cards

Create a matrix with five rows and five columns but use sight words instead of numbers. If you have more than one player, create other cards using the same words. Make sure the words are arranged in a different order on the bingo card. If your child is an emergent reader, consider limiting the words to 9 sight words. Create a matrix with three rows and columns. Consider laminating each card so you can use them again.

Each table below contains six bingo cards that were created from our progressive sight word lists. After your child masters the first 25 sight words, proceed to the next 25 sight word bingo cards.

BINGO CARDS – 25 Sight Words

Bingo cards were created using the following 25 sight word: the, and, a, you, to, in, it, is, on, come, I, at, like, me, am, come, see, my, here, look, up, said, we, go & can.

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BINGO CARDS – Second 25 Sight Words

The bingo cards were created using the following 25 sight words: one, going, by, his, with, she, for, have, went, he, will, they, yes, run, was, big, not, where, no, out, down, of, are, from & little. .

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BINGO CARDS – Third 25 Sight Words

These bingo cards were created using the following 25 sight words: who, her, then, get, away, came, an, could, why, again, first, do, eat, so, saw, what, after, there, make, did, because, all, want, has & when.

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BINGO CARDS –Fourth 25 Sight Words

These bongo cards were created using the following 25 sight words: be, into, him, saw, your, but, had, if, just, or, that, about, been, some, now, off, those, made, our, their, them, over, very, would & only.

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Play Sight Word Bingo

Let the games begin! Once each player has a bingo card, a parent or teacher calls out the sight words either randomly from a list or out of a hat or similar object. Coins, cheerios or anything handy can serve as markers which are placed over the called sight word. The first child to complete a diagonal line, column or row wins the game and cries out, “bingo.” The winner should read the sight words aloud to practice reading them as well as to verify she won the game. If your child or some students do not recognize the words, consider reviewing each sight word prior to playing bingo.

Which Sight Words Should I Use

If you are creating your own bingo cards, consider using the first 25 sight words located below in the progressive sight word post. Once your child has mastered these words, proceed to the next list. If your child knows some sight words, identify which ones he cannot automatically recognize and create bingo cards with those words. Using the progressive sight word post below, print out the sight word lists and review the words with your child. If your child is an emergent reader and you want to limit the number of words to nine. Consider using the following 9 sight words which appear frequently in text.

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BINGO Cards with 9 Sight Word

These bingo cards are slightly smaller than normal and use the following 9 sight words: the, and, a, you, to, in, is, it & on.

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Sight Word Bingo Card Sight Word Bingo Card Sight Word Bingo Card

Playing sight word games, like bingo, are great activities that assist a child in developing a sight word vocabulary.

Sources:
Fry, E.B., Ph.D. (1999). 1000 Instant Words. Westminster, CA: Teacher Created Materials.

Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition. Sanfransico, CA: Jossey Bass.

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