University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Bananas for Sight Words

Bananas for Sight Words

LEADERS Handbook of Early Literacy Strategies and Activities

Time: Varies
Group Style: Whole group or small group
Grade Level: K-2


The purpose of this activity is for students to practice sight word vocabulary or word wall words. This offers students an opportunity to practice these words in a whole or small group setting.


  • Yellow paper cut in the shape of bananas
  • Markers
  • Stuffed animal (monkey, ape, or gorilla)


  1. Prepare the bananas by writing one sight word per banana.
  2. With the whole group, use the bananas as flash cards when introducing the new words.
  3. With a small group of children, have them sit in a circle and pass out the bananas around the circle.
  4. Children can then read the sight words to the monkey.

Teacher Comments

  • This is a great activity to have as a learning center.
  • The students will enjoy banana word time.

Resource Texts

School Specialty Publishing
Dolch Sight Word Activities: Grades K-1
Spectrum; Workbook Edition, 2002
School Specialty Publishing
100 Write-and-Learn Sign Word Practive Pages
Instructor Books, 2002
The Scholastic Big Book of Word Walls
Scholastic Professional Books, 2001