January 31, 2012
But then I somehow closed out my tab WITHOUT saving my almost-totally-written post!!! Could you hear me screaming “noooooo!!!” from across blogland?? It’s ok though…my time was well spent reading all of your lovely blogs!
So. This is a little game I’ve been meaning to share for a couple of months now…
I just keep getting sidetracked onto different posts. Or not even posting at all (which I hate!). It’s nothing too fancy, but it is a game my students love (hold on, I just had to hit “Save Now” so I wouldn’t have a repeat of last night’s disaster).
We focus a great deal on syllables in our spelling…not just on our spelling words on our tests, but also in our daily spelling in all subjects. I always hear my ELLs breaking words apart and spelling each syllable…and they get very good at doing so!
So I made this game to practice spelling words for the week and to focus on the syllable sounds. It’s a Memory-type game, for two syllable words. The game is in a Powerpoint file, so I just use a textbox to type in each syllable part…
Then the kids work in partners or small groups to match up the words. It’s pretty cool to watch them play. My newer ELL students utilize their spelling list to help identify words. My more fluent students read out the syllables and manipulate the cards, to see if they create a word. And it helps them remember features of different words…like in the word “certain”. When they see the “cer”, I hear them say it correctly and exclaim “oh, cer, like certain!”.
I’m really hoping this is a game some of you may be able to use in your class. The file has the two different snowflake backgrounds, and different-sized playing cards as well (I use the small ones ’cause my guys are older, but made some larger ones for younger students, just in case any of my primary friends wanted to try them).
The file comes as a Powerpoint, so you can just download, and type right over the cards to customize it for your class. If you do try it out, I would love to hear how it goes!
What are some of your favorite word work/spelling games? Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂