Brainamin Phonics Diphthongs

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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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Brainamin is a challenging phonics and word work game for little learners! While playing this Diphthongs Edition, students will work on important skills including phonics, fluency, word recognition, and critical thinking. Students must quickly put their “reading brains” to work by being the first player to uncover and call out the matching word and picture for each set of cards. While many educational games require students to wait their turn before challenging themselves and attempting the skill at hand, Brainamin allows ALL players to be actively involved in learning during each and every round.

Students must decode and read all six words on the word card. Then, they must quickly scan all six pictures and call out the match before any other player. Students could also play this game independently by using a sand timer to “beat the clock.”

The result is a fast-paced game that takes “matching” to the next level by creating an engaging experience that mixes learning and fun! Students will build literacy skills, visual-discrimination skills, visual-motor skills, processing skills, and so much more!

This version of Brainamin focuses on diphthongs and is perfect for first graders, second graders, special intervention students, and any student who needs focused help with diphthongs. Don’t let the level of phonics fool you – this game proves to be challenging and FUN for all learners- even adults! Players must often use reasoning skills and the process of elimination to quickly find the match on each set of cards. By shuffling the cards at the end of a game, it can be played again for an entirely different set of matches and challenges!

When & How Can I Use Brainamin in the Classroom?

Brainamin is perfect for the small group table as a phonics or word work activity. It makes a great “warm-up” for guided reading time and is perfect for literacy and word work centers! Because Brainamin is fun for kids and combines reading and thinking skills, it makes a great intervention tool for RTI time. It also works nicely as a fast finisher activity. Due to students only needing the cards and their brains to play, it can be easily stored in the classroom and retrieved at center time, morning work time, and as a transition activity. There are so many possibilities for using Brainamin in the classroom!

Check out the free preview download to see visual directions and photographs for this game.

The file includes:

31 Pictures Cards

31 Word Cards

Brainamin Benefits explanation

Educator Direction Sheets with easy to understand photographs

Kid-Friendly “4 Step” Visual Direction with photographs

Teacher Matching “Cheat Sheet” that shows all of the matches found within the game

Game label in color and an ink-friendly version

"Ideas for Using This Resource" list

The game features mixed diphthong patterns.

Brainamin is the fast-thinking game that’s a vitamin for your brain! You exercise and take vitamins to keep your body healthy, now do the same for your brain by adding word recognition and phonics skills into your “thinking workout” each day!

Find More Brainamin Packs Below:

Brainamin Short Vowel Bundle

Brainamin Long Vowel (Silent e) Bundle

Brainamin Vowel Teams Bundle

Brainamin R-Controlled Vowels Edition

Be sure to follow my store by clicking the star at the top, and be on the lookout for additional Brainamin versions! Additional phonics, comprehension, and math editions are coming soon!

If you should have any questions regarding this educational resource, please feel free to email me at

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