I had a conversation with a student the other day. It was very similar to one I've had many times with many students over the years. "Today we are going to be working on dividing words into syllables. Do you know what a syllable is?" "It's when you clap while saying a word." "Can you… Continue reading Syllable Segmenting and Blending
I usually avoid fly swatter games in my small groups. I know they are popular but they can get crazy and someone often gets swatted by accident. I dislike ending my classes with a student in tears! However, this game works pretty well. I have two versions depending on the group of kiddos I'm working… Continue reading Digraph Swat!
Fill a Few Extra Minutes I like to use this activity in small groups when I need something to fill a few extra minutes. It requires no extra materials and if the word list is already in my folder, I'm ready to go! I write sets of four words on the whiteboard and invite a… Continue reading Find The Nonsense Word
I was looking for a quick spelling game last week when I remembered this activity. I used to play it with math facts, but it was easily adapted for spelling. To Play I gave each player a white board and marker. I also gave each player a score sheet. I put 6… Continue reading 6 Down: A Spelling Game
I've made a lot of reading games over the years, and for the most part, my students love them. But by far, the most popular games are the ones the students create themselves. This is always a hit. I try to add game making to at least one class with most students and groups I… Continue reading Kid Designed Reading Games
One of the favorite activities in my pre-k literacy groups is the "feely box." It is so simple but my students ask for it again and again. They get excited every single time I take this can out. My mom was a preschool teacher when I was growing up and she played this game with her… Continue reading Letter Guessing Game
I have sit. Who has pan? I have . . . Who has. . . games are a fun way to practice many skills. I like to use them for letters/sounds, words, and even phrases. The game can be used with an entire class, a small group or even in individual tutoring. This sort of game makes a great… Continue reading I Have. . . Who Has. . .