Kids love 'I Spy' bottles and this is an educational way to use them in class!
Using our sight word program here are sight word bottle templates for each of the 11 Dolch sight word lists.
I coloured the rice with edicol dye and when each colour was dry mixed them together.
Collect water bottle and dry them and take off the label.
Laminate the sight word bottle templates and cut up individual words. Begin filling an empty water bottle with rice a bit at a time and each time you pour in the rice add a couple of words to ensure the words are scattered throughout. Keep going until the bottle is about 3/4 way full. Dont' fill to the top or there will be no room to move the rice and words around.
At the bottom on the bottle I tape the laminated 'sight word bottle 1' so it is easy for both the kids and i to see which word set it is and so they know which word sheet to use with it.
I print off lots of the sheets also onto plain white copy paper and slice in half. These are placed in a tub with the bottles to keep them all together.
It is easy for to then place the tub on a table for literacy rotations or for student to go to that tub and get what they need for the activity.
When students complete the activity theu get a bottle and a sight word sheet and begin to look for the words in the bottle by shaking and jiggling it around. When they find a word they read it and then colour it in on their recording sheet.
Sometimes i have this activity as a guideone and as students find a word they read it to me first and then find it and colour it in or as an independent where they just read it by themselves and colour it in.
My absolutely love this game and want to play it everyday and compete against each other to find the most words!