Word Go Fish is a simple game I created for centers years ago. It uses sight word cards in a game of Go Fish.
In addition to playing Word Fish with the cards, I also use the same cards for Memory. It’s a versatile game that you can print once and use in two different ways.
- Direction cards
- Blank cards
- Preprimer cards
- Primer cards
- First-grade cards
- Second-grade cards
- Third-grade cards
- Card backs
Tips for Playing Word Go Fish or Word Memory
- Create some sort of back for the cards. If not, the cards will be see-through. You can do this by:
- Printing memory card or word fish backs and then glue onto the back of each sight word card sheet and then cut out.
- OR just simply glue the printed pages onto pieces of cardstock or construction paper and then cut it out (just glue the whole sheet and then cut, it’s easier!)
- Print on cardstock for added durability
- Laminate the cards so they last longer
- Send the files home with a parent or have a parent volunteer in school make them!
Materials Needed to Play Word Go Fish & Memory
- 2 copies of your level’s sight words cards per group of students (they need to make matches in both games so you will need 2 copies to make a match).
- 1 copy of directions per center
Word Go Fish Directions
2-4 players per game
- Deal 5 cards to each player
- Place the remaining cards facedown in a pile
- Player 1 asks another player if they have a matching card to one in their hand
- If the player has the requested card, they give it to player 1. This makes a pair and the player puts the pair down in their pair pile.
- If the player doesn’t have the card, they say “Word Fish” and player 1 takes a card from the pile and places it in their hand. If it makes a pair, they can put the pair into their pair pile.
- Repeat the process for each player.
- When there are no cards left in the deck, the player with the most pairs wins!
Sight Word Memory Directions
2-4 players per game
- Shuffle the cards.
- Lay all of the cards facedown in rows.
- Player 1 flips 2 cards over.
- If they make a match, they keep the cards and put them into a pile.
- If they don’t match, flip the cards back over.
- Repeat with the remaining players.
- When there are no cards left, the player with the most pairs wins!