I designed this fun game to give students a fun way practice reading one of the 4 sounds of the r-controlled vowels. This activity targets the /ir/ sound when it is spelled either –er, -ir, –ur.
Game Directions: Each student is to get a centipede face. Then the rest of the centipede circles are to be cut out and used as a deck of cards. The game begins by giving each student a target card such as an –er, -ir, -ur word. This word determines the kind of cards the player is to draw thereafter. For example, if they are given an –er card, then all of the body parts to their centipede has to be spelled with –er words. The first player to accumulate 15 body parts (including the head) is the winner because centipedes have 30-354 (15 to 177 pairs) legs rather than exactly 100 legs which is a common myth we believe about centipedes. As a centipede molts, it grows a new body section, and with each section it gets 2 more new legs. One half of the 3,000 species of centipedes that exist have 30 legs.