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Word Thief Card Game—Complete Set

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Price: $90.00

Item Number: WNWT


Dolch Sight Words (Six Levels)

Players accumulate cards by saying the sight words on the cards they turn over. But watch out! The Word Thief could steal the words they've earned! The six Word Thief games are leveled (PrePrimer to third) and can be played by level or mixed to create a customized game to target words that students need to master. 

Students should play this game with a proficient reader (parent, teacher, or peer) who can subtly correct errors and provide the word or phrase again when a student struggles.

  1. Before playing, decide how many Word Thief and Stop cards to include. Varying the number makes it more exciting for the players.
  2. Shuffle the cards and place the deck face down.
  3. The first player takes a card, reads the word or phrase on the card aloud, and then keeps the card. The player continues to take cards and read the words or phrases until one of the following occurs: 
    • The player decides to stop. He or she keeps all cards earned during that turn.
    • The player turns over a Stop card. His or her turn is over, but he or she keeps all cards earned during that turn.
    • Player turns over a Word Thief card. His turn is over, and he must return all cards earned during that turn to a discard pile.
  4. Play continues until all of the cards in the deck have been read. The player with the most cards wins.

Includes six decks of cards, one each for the preprimer, primer, first, second, third, and phrases levels. 

Each Word Thief card deck includes:

  • 50 or more durable playing cards (3.5 by 2.5 inches/89 by 63.5 mm), printed in rich color on top-grade card stock
  • Clear plastic case
  • Instruction card

Customer Reviews

Jan 29, 2015


The Centre for Literacy provides intense remedial support for students who are struggling readers. We use well researched interventions to help students enhance their ability to read and write. A child who is enthusiastic and engaged will learn more. The Word Nerd Card Games have been enthusiastically received by both our staff and the students. The kids simply love to play the games! Teachers love that the cards reinforce critical literacy skills and build automatic recall. It is evident that the creators of the Word Nerd games have intimate familiarity with where kids may struggle with reading; the content and design of the card games are excellent complements to evidence based reading remediation strategies. We would strongly recommend the Word Nerd Card Games as part of a regular literacy program through to specialized support for struggling readers.


Dec 19, 2014


My students are absolutely loving the Word Thief games!!! Their enthusiasm is amazing because I work with struggling readers who are two and three years behind their peers in reading. Please introduce more games that allow me to engage students in reading without the tedium of the flash card drill-and-kill routine.


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