Sounding Out Words Game to Promote Learning
Let’s talk about a fun Sounding Out Words Game. When teachers incorporate games into their classrooms, they do not JUST teach a skill. They are also taught higher-order thinking skills and winning and losing skills. 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 supposed to be in that moment, developmentally appropriate.
Sounding Out Fun Game Using Spelligator
Check out this game I discovered on Amazon called Spelligator by Junior Learning. It comes with four different color alligators and TONS of letter pieces. There are three sections to help create a word; beginning, middle, and ending. This is an ideal game Sounding Out Words Game.
More so, this game has a ton of sound pieces. The vowel pieces are red. They have consonants in blue for the beginning and ending positions. 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.
This is one of my favorite sounding out words activities for a variety of phonics levels. I love how this game allows learners to work on how to sound out words phonetically. It is easy to level to what your learners need, specifically, since it is open ended.
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 to create sounding-out word fun with Spelligator.
- Each student gets on an 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, we can keep of the 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 piles.
One additional tip. If you are creating leveled games with groups, start with the lowest group on their blending level. Then, add sounds, digraphs, and other letter combinations for each group.