Sounding Out Fun Using Spelligator
Using Games to Promote Learning
When teachers incorporate games into their classrooms, they not JUST teach a skill. They are also teach higher order thinking skills and winning and losing skill. The best part is the fact that your students are merely being children and playing a game. Learning becomes FUN and engaging. Learning is what it is suppose to be in that moment, developmentally appropriate.
Check out this game I discovered on Amazon called Spelligator by Junior Learning. It comes with four different color alligators and TONS of letter piece. There are three sections to help create a word; beginning, middle, and ending.
More so, this game has a ton of sound pieces. The vowel pieces are red. They have consonants in blue for beginning and ending position. You will also find digraphs, blends, double letters, bossy r’s and more special sounds. These pieces are yellow, brown, or green. This will make it easy to differentiate games for a large variety of learners.
Playing the Game Spelligator
For the next grading period, I am hitting sounding out words HARD. I plan to use this in small groups for sounding out real and nonsense words. Here is how I plan create sounding out word fun with Spelligator.
- Each student gets on alligator.
- Next, I will provide them with the vowels we have covered so far this year. I will provide them with all the blue consonance pieces.
- Students will create a word using the pieces.
- Once a word is built, students can sound out the word and determine if it is a real or nonsense word.
- Lastly, ee can keep of score of who sounds out their words or how many real or nonsense words they get correct.
- As my students abilities increase, I can add special sound pieces to their pile.
Check How to Spell Words with Spelligator
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