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Lesson 7 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

Carrot Top

Focus: identify missing diagraphs
  1. Print and laminate the carrot cards and cut out.
  2. Cut closely around the edge of the orange carrots (along the dotted lines) then slice out the yellow window with a craft knife.
  3. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a plastic sleeve for storage.
  4. Print the worksheet.

Spikey Mikey

Focus: count syllables in words
  1. Print and laminate the seven Echidna pages and cut along the dotted lines.
  2. Print and laminate the echidna spike pages and cut out.
  3. Attach adhesive Velcro dots to the red spots on the echidna’s back and to the rounded black side of each spike.
  4. Print the instructions page and label, then glue them to a plastic sleeve for storage.
  5. 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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