« #19 POW! Contents #21 Apple Picking »

Download the FREE 35-page Dolch Activities Book

#20 Snatch A Card

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Snatch A Card
Grades 1, 2, and 3 (Played in small groups of students with the teacher)

Materials Needed
Laminated 3" by 5"cards with Dolch words printed on them

Goal Statement
Students will read Dolch words.

State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.

Review Previous Skills
Students should be able to read at least 10 Dolch words.

Anticipatory Set
"Today we are going to play a game called 'Snatch A Card.' In this game, if you can snatch a card and read a sight word, you keep the card. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins."

This is a very simple activity done in small groups.
Mix up and put all of the word cards face down on the table and then shove them around on the table top with your hands, saying “Snatch a card, snatch a card, snatch a card _____________" and name a child. He or she has to reach in and grab ("snatch") one of the rotating cards. If the student can read the word, he or she keeps the card. If the student can’t read it, everyone reads it and it goes back into the pot. Students love this! When you get to the last couple of cards, keep moving the cards quickly away so they are harder to grab. The one with the most cards when all are gone is the winner.

Guided Practice
Play several games to maximize reading practice.

Independent Practice

Have the students lay out their cards and read them all; then everyone passes cards to the right and they read the new ones. Continue until everyone has read every card. That way everyone has practiced all of them.

Play the game often.