Word Cards

Word Cards

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Word cards, or flash cards, help develop sight vocabulary.

Flash cards are available commercially, but you and your student can make your own too. If you do, be sure to put a picture of the word on the back of the card. The new words are printed or written onto the cards which are then displayed one at a time. Your student may look at the word and say it three times, trying to imprint the image on her mind.


Words learned in this manner are "sight words."

When a word is successfully recognized in three consecutive presentations, it may be added to a separate stack of known sight words. Not more than five new words should be introduced at one lesson.



1. Ask your student to match a word card with the original in an experience story.

2. Make a duplicate deck of word cards. You and your student can play "Fish" with the duplicate cards by shuffling both together, dealing a hand of seven cards to each player, and taking turns drawing a card from the deck. Pairs of identical words can be laid on the table face-up.

3. Play word card poker. Group cards in piles of nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, and prepositions. Deal your student five to ten random words, and pretend he wins $10 for each of the words he can include in a good, single sentence. Tell him he can buy words from the various category piles for $10 each. He loses $10 for each ol the random words that are not used or misused. Keep a running tally sheet as you play this game over a number of weeks.

4. Play Concentration. Make duplicates of the cards. Turn the cards face down on a table. Flip one card and lay it on the table, then flip another. If they match remove them from play. If they do not match turn them over again, and the next person flips two cards until all are matched. Don't forget ro read each card as it is turned over.