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Lesson 5 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

Toy Machine

Focus: identifying missing initial blends
  1. Print and laminate the four Toy Machine baseboards (these have a plain reverse side).
  2. Print and laminate the four picture card pages and cut each into six picture cards. You should have 24 picture cards.
  3. Print and laminate the three plain blue cover card pages and cut them into 24 cards.
  4. The reverse side of the picture cards shows part of an image with lines marked on two corners. Carefully slice these lines with a scalpel and insert a blue cover on the back of each picture card.
  5. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a plastic sleeve for storage.
  6. Print the worksheet.

Fire Fighter

Focus: high frequency words
  1. Print and laminate the four baseboards with the fires on them.
  2. Print and laminate the 4 pages of water drops then cut into 9 cards per page. You should have 27 cards in total.
  3. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a plastic sleeve for storage.
  4. 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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