Card Pickup Partner Game
Partners take a turn picking up a cartoon picture card and say the name of the letter and the sound. They can use the picture as a clue of the sound made by that letter. They can collect a bingo chip if they can say the letter name and another bingo chip if they can say the sound that represents that name. The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips. Templates found on the member site.
Phonemic Awareness Board Game
Rolling Dice Phonics Game
I have included a link to a game I use to assist students in developing the skill of hearing initial letter sounds. I also send this link to my parents in my monthly newsletters so they can play the game at home as well.
How to Play the Game
This is a partner game that would need to be monitored by an adult (this is why it is a good game to play at home). Each student takes a turn rolling a die and move their game player accordingly. They must say the name of the picture they land on and verbally tell what sound they hear first.
Rolling Dice Phonics Game
Rolling Dice Sound Letter Recognition Game
The board game above would be used. The students would be given one of the game cards below. They roll a die and mark off the letter that represents that sound on their game card found in the links below:
Customized Spinning Top Board Game
My students really enjoy this activity. Cut and paste the picture cards provided on the board, that you wish to focus initial letter sounds. This is a partner game. Each partner takes a turn spinning the top. They must identify the letter that corresponds to this picture where the top lands and mark this off (using a bingo chip) on their game board chart. The game is over once the game board chart is full. Template found on the member site.
Classroom Alphabet Book
New Dig for the Dinosaur Bones
Print the letters of the alphabet (could be sight words) on dog bones. These would be hidden in the sand or rice tub. The students must dig for the bones and carefully wipe the sand off them. After, they must match it to the correct picture (in pocket chart) as displayed in the photograph. Picture cards found in the theme unit and under heading "Alphabet Program - Alphabet Pictures" on the member site.
New Search for the Valuable Gems
Print the alphabet letters on decorative gems (found at dollar stores) and place these in a container. The students must take kitchen tong and try to pick up a gem without looking (great for fine motor development). After, they take the gem and match it to the correct picture found on the board (available on the member site).
Variaition of the Game
Don't Crack the Egg Alphabet Sound Recognition Game - Great Fine-Motor Activity!
Place plastic Easter eggs in an egg carton. In each egg place a gem with the alphabet letters printed on them. I found these nifty large clothespins at the Dollar store. Students take a turn lifting an egg out of the carton using the clothespin. If they are able to lift the egg without cracking it open, they can keep the gem that is inside and place it on the correct picture representing the initial sound of the letter (picture board displayed above which is available on the member site). The egg can be discarded once the gem has been released. The object of the game is to match the correct letter gem to its corresponding picture and improve fine-motor.
Alphabet Bears for Younger Children
The bear cards are cut and shuffled. The children are to match the bears with the same alphabet letters.
Alphabet Bears for Older Children
The bears are cut and shuffled. The children are to match the upper-case letters to the correct lower case letters. The bears could also be placed in the correct alphabet order.
In my newsletters I often discuss the importance of phonemic awareness and how it is related to reading success. Understanding rhyme is an important component of developing this phonemic awareness. In the links below you will find printable books that can be used for a shared reading experience to introduce or develop the concept of rhyme.
Rhyme Time Printable Reader
As a member of the site you will have access to more preschool and kindergarten rhyming activities, including 36 rhyming picture pairs as shown in the photograph.
Rhyming Clip Matching Game
Use the rhyming picture cards to create the game displayed on the right. Glue a rhyming picture card to a cothespin. The students must clip the correct picture to the rhyming partner.
Rhyming Card Game
There is a total of 36 rhyming picture pairs as displayed in the photograph above. These would be used to introduce the concept of rhyme. After, the children have gained an understanding of this concept, the cards could be placed in the Literacy Center for the children to play matching games on their own.
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Students will roll the die and the Smart Board and move their players to the corresponding rhyming picture. There are two games available. This could be a more competitive game where the person who has has the most rhyming matches is the winner or a cooperation game where they work together to find the rhyming matches. The video demonstrates how the game is played. Site members are able to download the Smart Board game under the heading Reading and then Literacy Centers.
Playing partners take turns spinning a top and matching the rhyming picture they landed, to that found found on the game board chart. The game is over when all the rhyming matches have been marked off.
Sight Word Game
The sight words would be printed on the spinner board and chart. Each player would have their own chart. The children would would spin the top. They must say the name of the sight word that it lands on and mark this off on the chart. The first person to have their chart marked off is the winner. They could also print the word each time they land on it.
Note: In the photograph the top was placed in a aluminum pie plate to control the path of it. It takes a little practice for the children to learn how to use the spinning top but once they learn how, this will keep them quite occupied.
Bubble Gum Fun Star Sight Word Game
The students will match the word to the picture using their knowledge of their alphabet sounds. The students will also drag the correct vowel letter to complete the word that matches the picture. This allows them to practice their knowledge of CVC sounds.
This game expands upon their knowledge of this concept. Each player has a game card (partner game). They each take a turn picking up a vowel letter from the container and decide where to place it. The first person to have their vowel letters properly placed on the game board would be the winner. If they pick up a joker, it is placed back in the container and it is the other player's turn. For example: If they pick up the letter "i" this would be placed on the picture of the pig.
Another option is to place the sheets in a plastic protector and have the students print the correct vowel using an erasible marker. This activity can contiually be reused.
CVC Activities and Game - 45 CVC Picture Cards
As a member of the site you will have access to 45 CVC picture cards. These picture cards can be used to match on a pocket chart, write and read the word. There are many uses for these picture cards. The word cards supplied could be drawn from a pile and placed on the correct CVC picture.
Poker Chip CVC Letter Game
A picture card along with the letters printed on poker chips would be placed in a plastic bag. The students would be given a Making Words mat. They would be required to place the letters in the correct order that represent the picture. After, they would read the word. This is an independent activity the students can do at the Literacy Centers while you work with a small group of students. Since there are 24 CVC picture cards, there could be that many bags available for the students to use. If you cover the mat with a plastic protector, the students could print the word using an erasible marker.
Making Words Mat
Making CVC Words
The CVC picture cards can be used to make words or print words as displayed in the picture above . There are CVC picture cards with and without the words.
Word Family Game - "et" Word Family
The wheel is place on card stock paper with a fastener The children would spin the wheel clockwise starting with the letter "p". After the wheel has been positioned the word family "et" would be glued beside the letter "p". The children say the new words.
Word Family Game Template is found on page 47 in "Center Ideas and Learning Games" in Family and Pets Theme unit.
Word Family "at and ack"
These activities are found in the Zoo theme and assembled as displayed in the photographs.
Word Family Whale Wheel - Word Families "all", "op" "ock" and "ick"
Word Family - "at"The children have now been introduced to the letter "a" and "t". They are now ready to be introduced to the "at" word family. The apple template is cut in half as displayed in the photograph. Discuss the new word that is formed each time you add a different letter half. This can be added to the literacy center for further experimenting.
"UG" and "UT" Word Family Wheels
The word family wheel would be cut and placed on card stock with a fastener used to turn the wheel. After the wheel is assembled the word family "ug" is placed by the letter "b". The wheel is turned to make a new word. The children would be required to say the new word. Both the "ug" and "ut" word family wheels can be found in the theme book or member's area. Wheel found on Week 1 Plans on page 27 in the Bug Theme.
"Unk and Ank" Word Family Spinners
The focus word family in this theme is "unk" and "ank". The children spin the earth wheel to make new words. The spinners would be made using the templates found in the theme unit. Templates found on pages 74 and 75 in the "Suggested Center Ideas" link in Space and Robots theme.
Word Family Spinners - "an", "ay" "ar" and "ain"
The bus template would copied on card stock. The spinners would be attached. The children would spin the wheels to make a new word related to that word family. The focus word families are "an", "ay", "ar" and "ain".
Templates found on page 54-55 in the "Suggested Center Ideas" link in the Transportation theme.
Word Family Activity
Print the focus word family on half the dinosaur. Print different initial consonants on the other half of the dinosaur (like a puzzle). Discuss what word is made when you change the puzzle. Template found in the Dinosaur theme unit.
Alphabet Practice Sheet - in the following link you will find a printing practice sheet. This sheet could also be placed in the center. It is best to laminate it first. The children can then go over the letters with an erasable felt. This way the sheet could be reused.