Two syllable Magic-E words are tricky for struggling readers and require additional practice. Games are a fun way to include extra practice, and students play either in small groups, as a learning center activity, or even during indoor recess. This activity is quick and easy to make and is adaptable to different word lists. Best of all, students love it and forget they are learning and practicing a new skill!
Make it Multisensory ...
Below is a copy of the word list, print to make the game!
Use index cards or playing-card-sized pieces of paper to create a deck of playing cards. Number the cards according to the number on the corresponding word list. Write the first syllable of the word on one card and the second syllable of the word on another card. Write the first syllables in one color and the second syllables in another. Once all of the cards are made, you're ready to play!
Let's Play! ...
The game is played like "Go Fish." Each player is dealt the same number of cards (5 cards each), and the remaining cards are placed face down in a draw pile. The object of the game is to collect the most matches. Player 1 asks another player if she or he has the desired card. For example, if Player 1 has card 1 "ball", she might say, "do you have card 1...base?" to another player. If the other player does not have the requested card, Player 1 draws a card from the draw pile and the next player takes his or her turn. If the player does have the requested card, Player 1 collects the card, sets both cards face-up on the table and reads the word aloud. Player 1 then takes another turn. Play continues until all cards have been matched. Be sure to give players a corresponding word list so they know which syllables go together to create words.
Create additional word lists and decks of playing cards for any lesson with two-syllable words such as compound words, two-syllable words with blends, and so on. The games store easily and only take a few minutes to play, but provide a great review and can even be used as a multisensory activity to introduce new concepts.
Written by Tammi Brandon
Tammi Brandon is a Master Instructor and Education Consultant with Brainspring Educator Academy.
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