Need something to spice up your reading assessments or just a no-prep game to have fun? Then check out this super fun Jenga reading game/assessment. What I love about this game is that my kiddos light up when I take it out and there is no prep for me!! It is a super easy activity to use for when you need an impromptu activity or just as a fun and easy lesson to review reading skills such as blending, segmenting, initial sounds, medial sounds, final sounds and digraphs. This activity is also great for learners who need extra practice in these reading skills.
This game includes a question card for the teacher with 9 questions in each category. The categories are:
Each of these categories comes with an answer card for students who need more prompting or who may be non-verbal. For example: use the letter sheet for students who need prompting to answer in the categories of initial, middle or final sounds. This same sheet can be used as a guide for students who need more prompting or are non-verbal to segment the words. (They can point to each letter for the sound). There is also an answer card for blending and digraphs.
The Lewo (this is a colored version of Jenga, link below) comes with a die with colors on it. Each student rolls the die to receive the color question they will answer. If the student rolls pink, I ask them a pink question ("What is the last letter in the word win?") If the student gets the answer right they get to take a pink block and place it on the top, carefully so as not to knock over the tower. If they knock the tower over they are out! (You can set up your own rules but this is how we play, of course some of my kiddos want to be out so they can knock over the tower!) I then cross out the question on my question board so I remember that I used that question. (Tip: I put the question board in a sleeve protector and then cross off my answers with a dry erase or Vis-A-Vis marker) Play continues until you have a winner. We just really like to play for fun! My kids really love this game so much, they cheer when we play!
Some of these questions you may find too difficult or easy for some of the children in your class. I had one student that would have a very difficult time answering most of these questions. So when it was his turn I just made up my own (ex: what letter makes the b sound?) If the questions are too easy simply ask harder ones. Since Special Education classes can be so varied you may need to do this with one or two of your students. I found this question board pretty good for most of my kiddos.
I actually used the colored version of the Jenga game called Lewo, you can find it on Amazon here:
Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Games Building Blocks for Kids - 48 pieces
If you wish to use the regular Jenga game you could easily put colored stickers on the wood blocks or label them with a colored marker (ex: pink, green, etc.). I like the color version because it is pretty and for me it was worth it to buy. As mentioned it requires no prep with this activity. Also it can be used over and over without ruining the blocks or having to prep again if I want to change to another version of questions. As an aside we have had many times when our technology has gone out and I needed a quick lesson to use for a group lesson. This fit the bill perfectly! I love this so much! Also a fun and simple lesson for my TA to use if I am unexpectantly out or called to an impromptu meeting!
If you like this check out my other Jenga game:
⭐ Jenga Game for Special Education - Game 1