These are such fun games! I love teaching them how to play them in a small group setting so that I can eventually put them in their literacy centers for independent use.
I would say that in my experience, most kids come to me with a pretty good working knowledge of digraphs and digraph sounds. They LOVE this game and I love that I can see who does/doesn’t understand these spelling patterns.
5. Roll & Remove Phonics Games – this is pretty much the same thing we’re doing the first few weeks in Kindergarten, but incorporating different phonics skills.
And just to switch things up from time to time, I’ll add in these
final consonant deletion activity puzzles. I know this seems more like an independent activity…and that’s what it eventually becomes…but when I’m first introducing the concept of final consonant deletion, these puzzles are key! These visuals take an abstract concept and make it more concrete. I’ll place about 8-10 puzzles in the middle of the group/table and then have my kids race to assemble correctly. Sometimes I’ll set a timer and see who can match the most pairs in 1/2/3 minutes, etc. or I’ll have them play ’til my sand timer runs out. Eventually…after most of my kids have mastered this concept…I’ll move this activity to my fast finisher tubs and give them more opportunities for repeated practice.
7. CVC Puzzles – again with the puzzles, but I like to teach them small group so they can be used independently in centers.
BIG bundle of Guided Reading Phonics Activities (Volume 1) and Guided Reading Phonics Activities (Volume 2).
At the beginning of the year, these are a great review and quick assessment for my first grade friends. In Kindergarten, we use these for skill introduction, reinforcement, and spiral review throughout the course of the school year.
Another activity my kids LOVE in their center and fast finisher tubs are these Syllable Tower game boards. Sometimes our kids need help VISUALLY seeing the sounds in a word and building those sounds as they’re identifying syllables helps to make an abstract concept a little more concrete and kinesthetic. I first introduce these during guided reading and use them as a quick warm-up as I’m fanning out fires in the classroom. You know what I’m talking about 😉 Then I move them to centers and change them out with our themes and seasons…I have game boards for pretty much every theme we cover during the year.
Sight Word Spelling Sticks perfect for BOY first grade. I introduce these after the first month of school in Kindergarten.
Digraph activities to reinforce these spelling patterns and sounds….
In Kindergarten, we’re working on lots of alphabet and name activities the first few weeks of school.
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