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Long vowels. Short vowels. Digraphs. Figuring out phonics can be fun with these dominoes and a classmate or two.
While investigating vowel sounds, digraphs, and other phonetic studies, students will be creating phonics "bones" to use in playing a matching game. The game can be played as a culminating activity or as various sounds are learned.
Collect clean, recycled foam produce trays. Be certain these are large enough for students to write their words and sounds on the cut out "bones".
To create the "bones" for the matching game, provide students with a template to sketch their rectangles and sufficient trays to cut out 20 or more rectangles. Students can cut out their rectangles using Crayola® Scissors.
Students use Crayola Gel Markers to fill in their bones. Begin this process by dividing each rectangle in half. Children write a long vowel sound such as "ee, oa, ai, y, i-e, ea, oo, ay, or igh" on one side of each rectangle. On the other half of the "bone" students write a word that they are certain contains the sound they have named.
It is time to play! Working in teams of two or small groups, students shuffle each pile of bones and place them face down in piles. Each student selects five bones from each pile. The first player lays down a tile. The next player adds a matching word or corresponding vowel sound. If a player does not have a match, he picks tiles from the remaining pile until he is able to add one.
When all the tiles are used, the game is over!
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