Are your kids having trouble getting the hang of those ending sounds? I know how you feel. Many times my kiddos have trouble hearing the ending sounds of words. This game will help hear the words and enunciate those sounds. The game is not only teaching the ending sounds, but the kiddos love to play it.
This is a staple in my classroom in the fall. I use it during centers. I always play a literacy game every day. Most of my games are class games. In other words I make enough of this game so everyone in the class can play it at the same time. We usually play the game 3 days in a row so I am sure they all know how to play it. Later I just use it as a center game where they play independently with each other.
This particular game consists of cards that are pictures and associated letter sounds that match the ending sound of the picture. For example, a cat picture card to the letter T card.
In my classroom we’d play by having the captain of the table deal the picture cards evenly among the players. Each student lays their letter cards face down on the table. Now we are ready to play.
One of the players takes a turn choosing a letter card and trying to match it to a picture card on their plate. In order to have a match the picture must have the same ending sound as the letter card drawn. If kiddo has a match, he/ she continues to play. If their letter card matches a card on another player’s plate, that player wins the match.
The player who had the match gets to draw the next letter card. The first kiddo to match all the picture cards on his plate or place mat is the 1st winner. The game continues with the second winner, and 3rd winner. When all the cards have been played the game it done.
All the cards in the game are in a short sound, except for the cards, (a,e,i.o,u) along with “th, ch, sh” sounds.
I usually make a class set of the game (10 sets)so I copy the game in different color card stock per set. The colors help sort and clean up the game efficiently. I like to have my whole class start centers by playing a literacy game.
Who Can Use this Game
It is perfect for students learning to listen for the last sounds in words. The ability to sound out or decode words is an important step in reading. There are challenges with some letters because they don’t follow the rules of English. This is an example, when “s” takes on the “z” sound in a word.
This game is to teach children to hear ending sounds in words.
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