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Soccer Ball Sorts are word sorts with a twist! With Skip & Swipe “soccer balls” a dash of randomness and competition has been added to make them more fun. They can be used in one-on-one instruction, or with a classroom divided into teams.
This set includes words with R controlled vowels, and consonant digraphs, which are two consonants that work together to make a new sound.
Print the Bossy R and Consonant Digraph phonograms page, and cut out around the borders so there is two of each. Print the soccer field. The same field can be used for each sort; just choose either the Bossy R phonograms set for a Bossy R word sort, or the Consonant Digraph phonograms for the Consonant Digraph word sort. Place one of the pattern chosen to work on at each end of the soccer fields.
Print the set of soccer balls that you wish to use. The set with borders can be cut out, or the other set can be punched out with a one inch circle punch. Each set can be stored in zip lock bags.
Divide into two teams and choose an end of the field which will be the goal for the team. (If two people are playing, just choose which end of the field will be the goal for each person.) Select the field and set of soccer ball words that match the pattern you wish to practice. Mix the soccer ball words well and place in a container. Take turns drawing a soccer ball word and reading the word. If the word is read correctly, it counts as a score for the team (or player). If the pattern has already been matched, set it in a discard pile after it is read. If a yellow skip soccer ball is drawn, the turn is skipped. If a yellow swipe soccer ball is drawn, a soccer ball from the other team may be swiped. The game ends when all words have been drawn, and the winner is the one with the most soccer balls. For a shorter game, the winner can be the first to get one of each pattern.