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Bowling Game - Dolch First Grade Sight Words

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Practice reading and matching 41 high-frequency words on the Dolch First Grade sight words list.

After a while, getting your 1st grade reading level students familiar with their high-frequency words might be feeling a little…tedious. 

Perhaps it’s time for a new way to frame your reading lesson! 🎳 🔲

❌ Strike Sight Words Off Your Lesson Planning  

Through our bowling activity, students will show they can read common words by sight from the First Grade list of Dolch high-frequency words.

To play, the students will choose a bowling ball card and read the sight word. If they have the matching bowling pin, they’ll remove it from their set. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to write the words in alphabetical order on a separate piece of paper.

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by using an anchor chart or sight word wall as a visual reference.  

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

One Game = LOADS Of Fun Sight Word Activities 

We created this resource for your reading center as an independent practice activity. You can also use it for small group and full-class instruction through scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more! 

We suggest these: 

Sentence Brain Buster

Help students put sight words into context by using them in a sentence, either orally or on paper (depending on proficiency). 

🔍 Scavenger Hunt

Divide your class into teams and give each an equal set of bowling pins to keep at their team station. Hide the bowling ball cards around the room when your students are not around, then set them loose! As soon as they find a card that matches the word on one of their pins, they bring it to their station and match it. If they find a card that does not match one of their pins, they leave it in the same spot they found it and set off to find the others. The first team to match all their pins and bowling balls wins! 

👟 Sight Words Relay Race

Split the class into two teams and have them line up in their group on one side of the room. Place the bowling pins in a central location between teams. Shuffle and divide the cards between teams, putting the card piles face-down in front of each line. When you say, “Go!” the first player in each line will grab the top card, run to the other side of the room, read it, and bring the matching pin back to their team. Then the next person in line does the same, and so on. The team that correctly matches the pins to their cards first wins.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 


Why stop there? We have plenty more sight word activities and teaching resources for you!  

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