This "I Have...Who Has?" game is fun if your class is learning about animals (or is interested in animals). All of the animal names are decodable or can be figured out using reading strategies the children have learned.
When my children play, they already know that all the words will be animal words. This context helps them consider meaning as a strategy when they’re trying to figure out the word. They also “get their mouth ready to make the first sound” and they take their eyes all the way to the end of the word to think about the last sound(s) in the word. For some of the animal words, your students might find a little word hiding inside a word, like "at" is inside "cat." I also teach mine to think of other words they know with the same pattern (or word family). For example, if they know how to read "make," then they can figure out "snake." Using these strategies, your students should be able to figure out the animal words in the game. As an added benefit, these "category" games are good for ELLs as they begin to build vocabulary for a particular topic or set.
Good Idea: This game is fun to play during small group reading instruction. Deal the cards out evenly so each child has multiple cards. It's highly engaging and holds their interest because they have more than one turn to play.
There are enough cards for 24 students.