We use sight word sticks and math sticks weekly in my room! They are my student’s favorite way to practice sight words, spelling, and math concepts. sticks.in.a.can. Just popsicle sticks in a container and you are good to go!
This picture is from the beginning of the year. They are still going strong. (The letters do not go to the sticks. They were just in the bucket because I had a tray activity in the back of the bucket)
This game of bang was used to review their kinder words first. It was easy for them and so much fun! It helped me set up partner play expectations. Each week as we learn new words I add them to the cup. Now they tell me those kinder words need to come out because they are way too easy.
This is not the updated version, but I want to share the second activity I introduce is ABC order with the kinder/easy first grade words. Now my students are up to 16 words rather than 8 and they can alphabetize to the second or even third letter. #sticksteachmyclass #reachinandlearn
What I find best about the sticks, is that I can put in the spelling words of the week and it is a whole new activity just because the words have changed. This doesn’t get old because the sticks change out. It takes me 5 minutes to write out our spelling pattern on popsicle sticks. This week I just placed the ou ow words in the can.
I have sight words and spelling pattern word cans going at the same time. I had to change this to our may do rather than our must do because my students wanted to pick it all the time! It’s perfect for fast finishers because there are so many ways you can use it.
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Because of the success I have had in the classroom with the sight word sticks, I created a math version. There are ten math games that can be used with any numbers or math concepts you are working on! When I introduced these, my students were so happy. They beg for me to put them in our math tubs. I will be honest, I have only let them play two of the 10 games so far. They don’t want me to take them out. It takes care of one of my math tubs each week. Less to prep!
Here’s a number ordering least to greatest example game. For a challenge, you can have them write the number words to the right of the sticks. You decide what numbers they need to work with so you can customize it to the needs of your students. I color coded my cans. I have some that work with number sense to 120 and a couple that still need to get solid up to 20.
Any container will do! I went with soup cans and I am not ashamed to admit I did a little cleaning out of the pantry to get my cans. No one was going to eat the stock pile I had going from Y2k anyway!