Beach balls and sight words= learning and fun! I made this sight word beach ball years ago and just recently found it again in my closet (anyone else put things away so well that you forget you have them?). I got them out again and have been using them with my summer school groups. And they are having a ball!! Sorry- couldn’t resist that. 🙂
* easy to prepare
* quick, fun learning
* simple to store
The reasons above are all I need to tell if something will be worth doing in my room for a quick review of skills. Beach balls are cheap! And now is the time to find them in the stores!
You use permanent marker and divide up the sections any way you would like on the ball. Then write one sight word per section. Students toss the balls around to each other while sitting or standing in a circle. When they catch the ball, where ever their thumbs land those are the words they read. I have two beach balls- each with their own set of words. I write the grade level on the top of the ball so I can keep track of which set of words we are using.
We also like to toss the beach ball and play thumbs and pinkies. Instead of just reading where your thumbs land, you also read the words your pinkies are on. Gives them more words to practice!
And as I mentioned above, they are so simple to store when not using them that you may even forget you have them!
I had a brainstorm today while thinking about this activity. I would love to get some small, hand size balls to use. These could be individual review balls with individualized word lists to fit a student who is having trouble with a set of words. Or I might do balls with words that begin with “wh” or “w” or “th”. Words like where, were, what, with, want, etc… really seem to be difficult for some of my students to remember. When they had a couple of extra minutes in a day, they could get out the one that they need the most review on and roll it around in their hand to practice. I have got to get to the store and get me some small ones now!