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A word blend game makes learning grammar easy!
English words are a little like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. The English language is constructed by combining units of sounds and letters to form words. Word blends are a special type of unit where two or more consonant sounds are combined without any vowel sounds to form new sounds. Some popular word blends are bl-, br-, gr-, -rd, -tch, sm-, and wr-. Ask students if they can think of any other word blends.
Provide students with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, a straight edge, and a thick paper plate for this activity. Ask students to use the straight edge and a selected color pencil to divide the paper plate into eight even, pie-shaped sections.
Using another colored pencil, have students write a word blend in each sector of their plates. If time permits, allow students to decorate their plates with colorful designs.
Provide each student with a small piece of recycled cardboard and a template of a spinner. Ask students to trace the template onto the recycled cardboard and cut it out using Crayola Scissors.
Each student now needs a brass fastener to poke through the center of their plates and the non-pointing ends of their spinners. Provide adult supervision for this task.
Once a hole is created in the center of the plate, have students connect the spinner to the plate using the brass fastener. Everyone is now ready to play!
Twirl the spinner. When the spinner stops, the student provides a word that contains that word blend. Students may wish to write down each word so players always think of new words.
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