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Lesson 4 Literacy Games — fun to play, simple to use!

Learning to read can be hard work and it is a great idea to have a fun way to practice new skills. These literacy games have been written for just that exact purpose. Each game contains:

  • Base boards or cards
  • Labels to glue to the front of the folder, plastic sleeve or shoe box you use for storing the game.
  • Worksheet for reviewing progress
  • Instructions

We recommend that you print the game materials in color, double-sided and laminate them for durability. The games are designed to be used by up to 6 players and target different literacy skills. They are fun to play and simple to use.

Game preparation

Pizzy Party

Focus: rhyming words
  1. Print and laminate the 4 Pizza Party baseboards (these have a plain reverse side).
  2. Print and laminate the four pizza slices pages and cut into 5 sections as indicated by the dotted lines.
  3. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a storage box.
  4. Print the worksheet

Whale Tails

Focus: counts syllables in words
  1. Print and laminate the 4 pages with the whale pictures and cut into 16 cards.
  2. Print and laminate the 2 pages of whale tails and cut along the dotted lines to make 16 tails.
  3. You will need 16 split pins. Secure a tail to the back of each whale so it swings up from behind. Make sure the number on the tail matches the number of syllables in the word on the whale.
  4. Print and laminate the 2 pages of whale blows and cut into 16 cards.
  5. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a storage box.
  6. Print the worksheet
About the author

Belinda Howell is an experienced classroom teacher who has successfully used games as a teaching tool. She has found that being able to share and show off new skills in a fun environment are great motivators for students of all ages.

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Common Core

The program has been developed to align with the Common Core K-5 Reading Standards Foundational Skills:

  • Print Concepts
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics & Word Recognition
  • Fluency

The first release of Free resources, the Phonics Alphabet, covers the 42 phonemes that make up the English language. These are essential for reading fluency and are taught in the Common Core order.

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