FREEBIE r-Controlled Game Sample

Reading on Strawberry Lane
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
Resource Type
Formats Included
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3 pages
Reading on Strawberry Lane


I created this game to give students a fun way to learn to read r-controlled syllable type words. There are 6 syllable types, and r-controlled is one of the six types. Spelling r-controlled words require visual memory and experience, but when reading, there are just a few tips students need to know to make them better readers.

Students who struggle in reading think that reading is a game of guessing, and as they read they are hoping that they will eventually become accurate guessers. What they don’t realize is that reading has a code. I tell my students that they are sharp enough to learn the rules to break the reading code, and that most words are decodable since 85% of our language is decodable. Therefore, it is easier for students to learn reading rules rather than trying to memorize every word they read. If a word is not decodable, I tell them it is a sight word, and that is a word they are to memorize.

The way I designed the lay out of this game makes it a little easier for students to learn the 5 sounds to the 5 spellings of r-controlled words. The 5 r-controlled sounds are: /ar/, /air/, /ear/, /ir/, /or/. As students play the game boards, they becomebetter informed as readers, and the guessing begins to disappear. Here is a sample game board of -ar saying /ar/ in car.

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Students will then learn all the spellings and sounds of r-controlled syllables.

When teaching r-controlled, tell students that these syllables are called –r-controlled because the –r is in control and the vowel is out of control. Instead, of the vowels making their normal short/long sounds, the –r decides what sound the vowel is going to make.

Game Directions: Students are to cover their entire board with games pieces/chips. Each student then takes a turn, roll a die, and whatever number the die lands on is the column from which the student is to remove the game piece and read a word. The first one to remove and read all their words win.

*The game boards themselves are the answer key.

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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