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Soccer Ball Sorts are word sorts with a twist! Some “soccer balls” with words that are exceptions or oddballs add a dash of randomness and competition to make them fun. Which team (or person for two players) will get one of each pattern first? These games can be used in one-on-one instruction, or with a classroom divided into teams.
This set includes words with hard and soft c and g, and words that end in -k or -ck.
Hard & Soft C & G: you can play with a goal of getting one of each- hard and soft of both c and g. Or just soft c and g vs hard c and g, or just soft vs hard of one letter.
-k or -ck ending: you can play -k vs. -ck, or have each team aim to get one of each, just -k, or just -ck.
Print the phonograms pages, 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 the phonogram set you wish to use and the words that go with the 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 soccer ball is drawn, it is a word that does not follow the guideline, and the turn is skipped. The game ends when one team is the first to get one of each pattern.