University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Sandwich Drill

LEADERS Handbook of Early Literacy Strategies and Activities

Time: 8-10 minutes
Group Style: Individually, one-on-one with teacher, assistant or volunteer
Grade Level: Any


This is a good strategy to review sight words and practice unknown words.


  • Index cards
  • Markers


  1. Put sight word cards on a ring.
  2. Include 7 known words and 3 unknown words.
  3. Vary their placement.
  4. Go through the cards. If the student knows the word, put a sticker or check mark on the card.
  5. Continue to add unknown words.

Teacher Comments

  • Children will need their own ring of words.
  • This is a great activity to send home for parents to practice with their child.

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