Multisensory Monday- Ideas for Phonics Bingo

Posted by Brainspring on 22nd Feb 2015

Hi everyone,Bingo

Welcome to Multisensory Monday!  Today’s activity is an oldie but a goodie, an activity you should always have one standby- BINGO.  Students love playing Bingo!  Teachers should love it too because it is so versatile.  You can make sight word Bingo, states in the United States Bingo, Biology term Bingo, shapes Bingo, numbers Bingo, Spanish vocabulary Bingo.  Bingo can be used for just about anything!


Phonics Bingo

I’ll be honest…I hate playing Bingo.  But since my students like it so much, I make sure to play every once in a while.  My favorite time to use Bingo is when I need an activity for a Spell Check lesson in Phonics First Foundations.  I also like to play Bingo for practice with the –ng/-nk endings.

My Bingo has a little twist though.  The Bingo cards only have part of a word on them.  To play, I draw from a pile of letters that can be used to complete the words.  When a letter is called, students must fill it in with a word ending on their Bingo card to make a real word.  This is one of the few times nonsense words don’t count.  Then the usual rules of Bingo apply: completing a row, column or diagonal, four corners, cover the whole card, however you want to play.

Make a Real Word Bingo

Here are 2 versions I use a lot.  The first is a review of all Layer 1 skills.  The second is for –ng endings.  And then I included the blank Word template as well, so you can easily make your own cards with whatever skill you’re working on.

Real Word Bingo Layer 1

Real Word Bingo -ng endings

Real Word Bingo blank template

Any letter tiles that you have can be used as the draw pile.  Depending on the level of your students, feel free to use things like blends, digraphs, vowel teams, and Consonant-le endings as well.  Some days I don’t even draw letters.  Instead, the students and I will take turns calling out the next letter.  Remember, the idea is to get students thinking and building real words, so I don’t worry too much about what letter is called or if a letter is called more than once.

What I like about Make A Real Word Bingo is that it requires the students to go a step beyond just identifying a skill; they have to work on blending sounds and access their vocabulary.  They also learn from seeing the real word choices others may have used.


Do you have more ideas for using Bingo?  Share them in the comments.

 Reading with Your Ears

Please check out Dite’s post this week at Ladder Learning Services.

She shares some interesting information from a conference put on by the IDA about how students with dyslexia might benefit from reading with their ears.  It kind of relates to last week’s multisensory about making your own listening centers.

It’s definitely a must read for teachers and parents who have students with dyslexia!


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