Swat Reading Games

Identifying Lower Case Letters, Uppercase
Letters, and Sight Words.
                                                                                                                                       
Swat
games are simple and require very little materials. All you need are these free
printables and fly swatters. It’s amazing how giving a student a fly swatter
can make them so much more interested in math and reading. Below I have
provided the materials directions for the various Swat reading games.
Tips for All of the Games
As
always, laminate these from the beginning so that they can be played over and
over again. Make multiple copies of each game so you can divide the class into
smaller groups to play. Ziploc bags are great for storing the flies. The flies
can be used for various games. Purchase multiple fly swatters so that you can
have multiple groups playing at the same time.
I
included two different blank fly files. This is a great activity to send home
for a parent volunteer to help with. Send home the file (through e-mail or a
flash drive) and your sight word list and ask the parent to type in your words.
Have other parent volunteers make copies, cut, and laminate your flies.
Depending
on your group sizes, you may find you require additional flies to play the
games.
Tips for Parents at Home
These
are easy to make games to play at home. Just print the files, cut, and grab a
fly swatter. Since you will be using them only at home (and not year after
year) they don’t need to be laminated.
Identifying
Lower Case Letters
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 1
    Printed copy of lower case flies per group of students

                  
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the letter, they get to keep it.
  5. If
    the student cannot identify the letter they return the fly upside down to the
    pile.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Identifying
Upper Case Letters
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 1
    Printed copy of upper case flies per group of students

                  
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the letter, they get to keep it.
  5. If
    the student cannot identify the letter they return the fly upside down to the
    pile.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Identifying
Lower or Upper Case Letters
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 1
    Printed copy of Lower Case flies per group of students
  • 1
    Printed copy of Upper Case flies per group of students

                                                                                                                                       
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the letter, they get to keep it.
  5. I
    also have my students identify if the letter is lower or upper case.
  6. If
    the student cannot identify the letter they return the fly upside down to the
    pile.
  7. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  8. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

Identifying
Sight Words – Game 1
Materials Required:
  • Fly
    swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 1
    Printed copy of desired sight word flies per group of students

                                                                                                                                       
Directions:
  1. Have
    students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face
    flies upside down on the floor (you shouldn’t see the flies).
  3. Students
    take turns swatting a fly.
  4. If
    they can identify the word, they get to keep it.
  5. If
    the student cannot identify the letter they return the fly upside down to the
    pile.
  6. Students
    repeat until there are no flies left.
  7. The
    student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.
Identifying Sight Words – Game 2
Materials Required:
  • Fly swatters (1 per group, the dollar store is great for these!)
  • 1 Printed copy of desired sight word flies per group of students
  • Multiple children (and having an adult as ref is suggested)
                                                                                                                                      
Directions:
  1. Have students find an area in the room where they can spread out on the floor.
  2. Face flies up so that you can see the fly and words. 
  3. There should be a word giver and 2 or more “swatters”
  4. The word giver calls out a word
  5. The swatters race to spot the word
  6. Whichever child swats the word first, gets to keep it.
  7. The word giver keeps giving out words until all of the words are gone. 
  8. The student with the most flies at the end of the game wins.

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