Haul Them In! is yet another format for practicing sight words. This version focuses on distinguishing between “look-alikes.”
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This is a game for two people: a dealer and a player. It uses a deck consisting of 64 cards, on which you’ve printed the 16 words from one of the Dolch word lists (below) four separate times. You will also need a 3 minute timer.
The dealer arranges the top 9 cards in a 3 by 3 grid for the player and sets the timer. The player’s job is to spot 2 cards with the same word, read the word, and pick the cards up as a “trick.” The dealer then replaces these two empty spots with two new cards, and the player searches for a new match. In instances where there are three cards with the same word on them in the 9 card grid, the player may still only take 2. In instances where there are no matching cards, the dealer should put out an extra column of cards. The object of the game is to see how many cards can be gotten in three minutes.
When a child picks up two words that don’t actually match, it’s important for her to focus in on the differences. Then the dealer puts the words back in the deck, so they’ll come up again. There is no penalty for a mismatch, just another chance to get it right. On subsequent rounds, the player sees if she can get more pairs before the 3 minutes run out.
WORD LIST #1: from Dolch Pre-primer and Primer List
from for me my
on in no not
yes you out our
is it like look
WORD LIST #2: from Dolch Pre-primer and Primer List
with went that they
now she the will
and said be by
say saw was know
Word List #3: from Dolch Primer and First Grade List
his her has when
one on here were
take talk walk where
them they went want