Target Grades

  • Kindergarten – Second Grade

Learning Engagements

  • SOLs: K.7, 1.5 & 1.7, 2.4 & 2.6
  • Students will be able to expand vocabulary
  • Students will be able to recognize and say sight words/vocabulary words
  • Students will be able to spell sight words/vocabulary words
  • Students will be able to practice aiming and throwing skills
  • Students will use gross motor skills (throwing and hopping)




Step 1: Get together a list of words for your child to work on. Use your child’s own word study/ sight word/ vocabulary lists.

Step 2: picture how you want the hopscotch path to look in your head or on paper first.

Step 3: Create hopscotch boxes with chalk in your desired spot on the sidewalk/pavement (make these big enough to write the words, you can also write the words first instead).

Step 4: Write the words with chalk inside of the boxes (make them big enough to read easily.

Step 5: You are ready to play!


Step 1: Players one by one will take a pebble to toss in the hopscotch course. Note which square/word the pebble lands on.

Step 2: That player will hop on all the squares until they get to their word. (As students hop they will say each of the words until they get to their pebble)

Step 3: Once students get to their word they can (by parent choice and what they are working on or do a mix):

  • Say the word 3 times
  • Spell the word and say it
  • Define the word and say it
  • Use the word in a sentence
  • Say that word and then a word that rhymes

Step 4: Continue hopping to the end of the course and continue saying each word as you hop.

Step 5: Let the next person (if there is another person) repeat those steps. You can keep score or just have fun practicing. Parents can continue to take mental notes of what words they might still need to work on with their student.

Step 6: Have fun with your new outdoor activity!