Games are such a fun way for students to get in extra practice with word work and other reading skills that they need to strengthen.
One of my students favorite games is Candy Land. They love those picture cards! Except when they get sent to the bottom. 😀 I have students draw a sight word card to read before they can draw a game card. TIP: I print the sight word cards as slides and they are the perfect size for the game.
Another really popular game is Uno Stack. You can use Brain Warm Up Cards like prefixes, suffixes, short vowels, etc… Any type of phonics students need to practice more to increase their fluency.
TIP: Have students play this game on a run or short table set on a rug. Then when the blocks fall, it is not so loud!
A really low prep game that is also good is Tic Tac Toe. One thing I like to do to change it up from the other games is to us a learning cube. If you missed my post on Differentiated Learning Cubes just click here to read about it. You can place picture sound cards in the cube’s pockets. Then students roll the cube, say the sound it begins or ends with and identify the letters before marking their spot for 3 in a row.
Another way to change it up is to place sight word lists in the center. The students must draw and read a list before placing a marker on the board. TIP: Laminate your Tic Tac Toe boards and place different items in the center for marking the spaces. Keeps it interesting!
Kids love card games so, of course, Uno is a favorite! I like for students to practice sentence fluency and including a pack into the game is easy. TIP: A great way to differentiate for students is for them to use the sight word list, word cards, or fluency strips that each student is working on at the time. They can have their own stack at their spot that fits them.
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