Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Popcorn Sight Words

I found the game POP for Sight Words recommended in either the Family Fun magazine or Scholastic for Teachers. I immediately wanted it for "A". The thing is it ranges from $10-$20 and with me Student Teaching (AKA not bringing home any bacon) it wasn't in the cards. I decided to make one for myself. Cost-$1.99!!!
The one for sale by Learning Resources
 "A" got sent home his first set of 25 sight words. I typed them up with a popcorn graphic in the background. I typed each word twice (one with a capital letter for the beginning and one with a lowercase letter). I also typed 6 popcorn with the word Pop on them. I then printed it out on card stock that I had around the house. I cut them out and put them in foldable cardboard popcorn boxes that I got in a set of 4 for $1.99 at Target. The great thing is when the next set of words comes home I will add them to the already existing ones. It grows as his learning does.

My very own version
The way you play the game: Each person draws a card from the box (without looking). The say the word and add it to their pile. If you grab the word Pop you have to put your pile back in the box. The person with the biggest pile wins. This game could go on FOREVER, so we put a time limit on it. What is great is the Pop cards even out the playing field. My son actually won even though he is an emerging reader because I kept drawing the Pop. The ratio of Pop cards should be about 1:10. When you put your pile back don't include the Pop cards-set the used ones aside.

I have seen other variations of this game with apples with the Pop being Rot instead (those have a worm on them). I also think there is a version with Firecrackers or something with Pop being Bang. Look around and search what you like best, but my son is learning his sight words!

P.S. I just found an online game version of this exact same game at Fun4the Brain called Popcorn Words.


  1. Way to go for making your own- it turned out just as cute! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  2. We have the Pop game & LOVE it =-) I think we got it off Amazong for $6.99. Very clever to make your own!! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF Linky Party
    Beth =-)

  3. I love this idea, Sarah! I'm ALL about making games instead of buying when I have the time and ability. This looks like a ton of fun!! My son would go crazy over this. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This is clever. I'm always looking for ways to make sight word learning fun. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from The Sunday Showcase :)