Battle of the Vowels came about one day at Morning Meeting when
I wanted a different activity to reinforce long and short vowel sounds that would be QUICK and FUN! It was impromptu and I just used plain paper. That’s honestly all you need. Truly! However, I made up these recording sheets just to make it easier/neater for the kids. Having two pictures up top helped reinforce the beginning/middle vowel sound the second time we played.
How to Play?
1.Divide students into equal groups that have a good mixture of abilities.
2.Give each group the same or different vowel. Up to you! The first time I did this I gave each group (4 kids in each group) a different short vowel.
3.I assigned a student to record answers but explained that EVERYONE
4. Set timer to see which group or individual can get the most words in
You can run 2-sided if you want depending on your students. Sometimes I run them short vowel on front with the matching long on back.
Comes with two certificates for individual and group win.
Think of all the variations you can do with this simple game!
I loved walking around listening in on the conversations going on and was surprised how much info I walked away with on many of the children. Some good news, some not so great news!
Observations that made me smile: A child saying it was okay to write EIGHT
“eight” on their long a sheet because they were assigned the long a sound even though it was an oddball and started with an “e.” Child went on to say
“the English language can be so tricky at times. (HA!) Another group wrote FOE down on their long o paper thanks to a poem we had read minutes before. From that same conversation, the short e group wrote down “nemesis” which impressed me!
I was surprised at a group of kids that, I would have thought, would have been to easily get to 20 words or so within minutes. NOPE! NINE WORDS for short a. Shocked no one suggested word families! So that was a lesson for ME! Back to reinforcing how mush word families help us in a variety of ways!
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