This game is an engaging way to practice decoding words that follow patterns for the 3 sounds of the past tense suffix -ed ("ed", "d", and "t") using only closed syllable base words. Clucky's Connect Four is an adaptation of the classic Connect Four/Tic-Tac-Toe game (with a fun twist), so kids catch on very quickly.
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As an added bonus, these games help hone crucial executive skills such as sustained attention, auditory/visual working memory, controlling impulsive behaviors, organization, planning/prioritization, flexibility, and emotional control along with social skills like listening, taking turns, problem-solving, honesty, and sportsmanship. A range of words have also been specifically selected to help students develop a diverse vocabulary.
They are a great way to differentiate practice for all students within the general education classroom, and they are particularly helpful for students with dyslexia, ADHD/attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, and other learning disabilities/differences.
These games are a fun, multi-sensory way to work on decoding (breaking down and sounding out) and encoding (spelling) words in a way that aligns with the Orton-Gillingham approach and phonics-based programs/methods such as Project Read, Alphabetic Phonics, IMSE, Herman, Spalding, Lindamood-Bell, Slingerland, Barton, Wilson, and others.
Thanks so much for your interest and efforts to meet each kiddo where they are with reading! I'm constantly working to create and improve upon games, so I eagerly welcome constructive feedback!