Sight Word Headbands!

 

Today I am going to tell you about a very simple and fun idea that my class really enjoyed!  It’s called Sight Word Headbands, and you do it in a whole group setting, so it is really easy to manage.

 

I saw a similar idea on Pinterest, where the teacher had the kids lick their foreheads and stick a flash card on it.  The card apparently sticks there until the activity is finished.  The children were to draw a line from their friend’s name to the sight word.  (Follow the link above to the exact pin.)

I already had this list of names typed up, so I just told them to write the word next to their friends’ names.
 
I really didn’t want to have the kids sticking my cards to their heads with spittle, and I couldn’t imagine that the cards would stick very long.  I also wanted them to write the words instead of draw a line.  AND, I already had a list of their names printed out that I wanted to take advantage of.  (This list is in their journaling baskets in page protectors, just in case they want to write about each other.)

The 18″ band has a three inch extender stapled to it, and a rubber band stapled on the ends so it will fit any child that grabs it.
 

So I decided to tweak the activity a bit.  I cut a piece of construction paper the long way, 18 inches by 1.5, and then folded the ends of it around a rubber band and stapled it.  It turned out to be too short for the kids’ heads, (thankfully I tried it on ONE kid’s head before making a bunch,) so I added a three inch piece of paper to the end to extend it.  Then I stapled the rubber band to the end as shown in the picture.  You just fold the end of the paper about a half an inch or so and then slip the rubber band inside the fold, and staple.  Do that to both ends.

 

This worked out great, because the children were able to grab any headband and slip it on.  It fit anyone in the classroom.  Two headbands did rip by the end of the activity, but I think if I had laminated them first, that probably wouldn’t have happened.  I probably could have just put some packing tape on the ends, too, for strength.  The two boys that ripped their headbands tend to be a bit rough/clumsy with their things anyway, so I wasn’t surprised.  It was easy to make new ones or tape them back up anyway.

Some children sat at tables, and others wandered around.
 

To do the activity, I passed out clipboards, pencils and gave everyone a paper.  I also set a timer and told them to keep writing words until the timer went off, or they had a word written by every single child’s name.  The children enjoyed this activity quite a bit!  I think it was nice that they got to get up and wander around the room a bit while doing their work.

 

The children were excited and kept showing me how many words they had.  Only one child said that she really didn’t want to do it, and asked if she could play instead.  Oh well!  You can’t blame her for trying!  🙂

 

For some more sight word reinforcement, check out my Sing & Spell the Sight Words DVD and CD collection!! Below are some of the videos from the animated version of the DVDs!

 

 

 

 

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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Love this!!!!! I will be making these over the summer!!! Only 10 days left!!! I know they will love this!!!!!!! My kids love to be able to wander the room and work!!!

  2. Regarding the concern about lice: We make one headband for each child & write their name inside the band. The sight words are written on 3"X5" file cards which are clipped to the bands and can be taken home and new ones made daily. If you laminate the cards, you can rinse them off each day too. Hope this helps.

    Heidi's songs are the best! When my students see a word on another student's headband (ours look like crowns) they have to sing Heidi's song, the one that goes with that word. So you will hear Heidi's songs being sung all over my room! 🙂

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