Alternative Spelling or Homophones games - Memory & Pairs

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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This is a memory game matching pairs of words that sound the same but have different spellings - so homophones with examples. This can be tricky as many sounds in English can be spelled in different ways and the more students read these words, the more fluent they will become when seeing them again in texts.

Memory and Pairs are popular games and these resources use homophones, or words with alternative spellings, to read and find the matching words.

There are 100+ words in this resource to pair up, some are tricky and others are common words that children will come across often. If you add an extra challenge, such as saying what the words with the different spelling patterns mean or using them in sentences correctly, then students will remember these more readily when they use them in their writing in the future.

Making this into a fun game will add a competitive element to engage students further.

This will help your students by:

  • giving them fun opportunities to read words with different spelling patterns
  • applying their phonic knowledge
  • playing familiar games and learning at the same time
  • playing with their friends and/or adults
  • fun homework to 'teach' their parents, siblings and grandparents how to read these words

This will help you:

  • having fun games to play with your students
  • giving you opportunities to assess and teach reading strategies with sight words and other words as necessary
  • having 100+ words to choose from so enough to differentiate and have a more challenging set for those children who are ready for harder words
  • differentiation can also be the number of words you provide
  • fun homework - again you can send different words home so that all students have the same homework but some have easier or harder words. The resources are set out alphabetically so the pairs are easily printed and cut up as required
  • home school/home education - consolidate words that are tricky so that children will read and recognize/ recognise them more quickly
  • easy prep - print, cut up and play
  • includes instructions with a challenge for Memory and Pairs so students can play independently or if you have a classroom helper you can give these plus the words without verbal instruction- something that comes in very handy when helpers arrive as you are in the middle of teaching
  • clip them together and put them somewhere centrally for children to access during other times such as early finishers ( they can pair the words up themselves and set a time to do so and see if they can be quicker next time round). Also the games can be used for times such as golden time, free choosing time, break time, wet playtime etc.
  • if there is not enough to finish the game - this happens so often in schools when there is a change of lessons or break - children can stop, count up the number of pairs they have, have a winner and tidy away the resources
  • this can be printed onto letter size and A4 paper - suitable for both U.S. and U.K. printers
  • resources are in color/ colour and black and white for more printing options
  • instructions and words are adapted separately for dyslexia as recommended by the British Dyslexia Association - less distracting elements such as clipart, pastel-colored/ coloured backgrounds and Dyslexic font
  • sometimes children need some time outside class to settle down, this is a great resource for such times and has an educational purpose
  • have a set of words ready for children to choose, turn over the words and write a sentence with them demonstrating they know the meaning - this can be a quiet activity as a filler e.g. for morning work as children come in, settle down and registration

A fun game to practice/ practise alternative spellings:

⭐ Wordopoly - a spelling game for alternative spellings

Further games are in the pipeline so please follow me if you are interested.

Thank you!

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75 slides (116 words)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.


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