This engaging alternative to traditional word sorts will help your students master these tricky spelling patterns.
Students mix and match –ce , -s, -se and –ss word endings with initial word chunks to form words ending in the /s/ sound. There are 168 cards, which combine to make 84 words. The initial letters of the word show the dog, and the final /s/ spelling show it in another pose, activity or costume. By mixing and matching the two types of cards for each dog, all of them can be used to form words. If a student makes a mistake, he/she will likely catch it when they don’t have the proper ending for another word. The cards allow for easy hands-on experimentation with the final spelling of the /s/ sound. Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. There are 6 sets of 28 cards (14 words). Each set has a mixture of the four spelling patterns. An optional recording sheet is included for students to write down the words they form.
To play as a game, choose as many sets of cards as you have players. Put the dog picture cards (matching the cards chosen and equal to the number of players) in a facedown pile. Each player takes a card. This is his/her dog for the game. Shuffle the word cards into a facedown pile. Players take turns flipping over the top card. If it features his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it is not a match, it goes in a discard pile. When a player has 2 or more cards, he/she can put down any two which form a word, after they draw their card for that turn. If a player forms a word with an incorrect spelling, he/she must put those cards in the discard pile. Shuffle the discard pile and reuse when needed. The first player to form 10 words wins the game (or play until one player forms all 14 of his/her words).
Preparation is easy—just print out the instructions, word list, word cards and picture cards. Laminate the cards and cut them apart. Photocopy the recording sheet if desired, and let the fun and learning begin!