I know I have mentioned this before in past posts, but since my students are older English Language Learners, we focus a great deal on the parts of words in our spelling, rather than teaching spelling sounds from the beginning primary-age levels. This focus on syllables and the sounds in each word part really helps my students learn and remember the spelling of words closer to their true grade level, regardless of their language/reading level.
So, keeping that in mind, I made a new game series to focus heavily on word features and work on several skills at once.
- focus on common spelling categories
- expand upon these categories using various words, but within the same categories
- enable students to focus on individual syllable sounds and combine them to build larger words
- require students to differentiate between similar sounds and choose the correct syllable (Examples: -sion, tion…-gle, -gel, -gal…-dle, -del, -dal)
Here’s how it works…All cards are designed to look like playing cards. Each card features one syllable of a particular word.
The numbers on the cards signify how many syllables are within that word.
Cards with the black shoes don’t have numbers. They are the ending syllable of each word.
In the example shown to the right, students must decide if the word ends in -sion or -tion.
These games are played much like Go Fish. The cards are distributed and players must ask others for a particular syllable, to help form a word. The player with the most words formed at the end wins.
The -sion, -tion version of this series has 100 cards in all, featuring 30 words (I don’t use all of the words within a game because of time restraints…but I do like to offer lots of choices!). We use some of the words in one game, then the rest of the words in another.
Here’s a peek at some of the pages included in the -sion, -tion version. I have posted it in my Teacher’s Notebook shop for $2.50. If you are interested in seeing more, you can hop over by clicking on the image below.
1. Which game you’d like (-sion, -tion endings or -al, -el, -le endings).
2. Your email address so I can send it along.
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