Kindergarten Games for CVC words - 'Battle Words'

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PreK - K, Homeschool
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72 slides (3 games, 3 challenges, 3 fonts)
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  1. These resources are kindergarten games and games for older students. These spelling exercises will give lots of opportunities to think of letter sequences for CVC words, digraphs and trigraphs. They will be thinking of battleships strategies to find the words and then work them out, applying their p
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Kindergarten games such as these are great opportunities for children to practice/practise CVC words with short a or other vowels in fun ways so they are engaged in reading and spelling activities. To learn how to spell and read CVC words (single syllable 3-letter words which follow the pattern of consonant - vowel - consonant) can be tricky so children need lots of opportunities to do this to improve their reading skills to become competent and confident readers. These games are similar to playing battleships however there is a twist as children will have to spell the word before they can sink this.

There are 3 games for CVC words with 3 challenges. You may wish to change the instructions to play this as a timed activity so that children can play this within the time of a lesson or continue play at a different time. This would be easy to do so if they have not finished then they can hide their 2 grids from their opponent and play later on.

The games will help your students by:

  • applying their phonic knowledge
  • playing and learning at the same time
  • having fun with their peers
  • think carefully and logically about what letters will go with letters they already know
  • the competitive element will mean more engagement
  • similar to the popular Battleships game so children may well know how to play this without too many instructions
  • children can make up fun names
  • instructions included which helps children be more independent
  • they can take this home and 'teach' their parents how to play this

This will help you by:

  • having fun games for your students to apply their phonic knowledge
  • opportunities to teach about CVC words and spelling strategies
  • gives you a chance to assess children's understanding of decoding CVC words when they are having fun
  • easy prep - print and play
  • includes instructions plus illustrations to clarify this
  • only few extra resources needed - pencils, paper or whiteboard to write on
  • if you put this into a zipped up folder with a couple of pencils and some paper it is ready to play with so ideal for your literacy center/centre
  • fun homework
  • home school/ home education
  • resources have U.S. and U.K. spellings
  • instructions included so can be left out for children to play with independently or if you have a helper you can hand this resource over without verbal instructions which can be tricky at times if they come in whilst you are teaching (I found this happens frequently that I did not have time to verbally communicate with any helpers but just had a list or instructions ready - this is all set up for this scenario)
  • ideal fun game to play with classroom helper supporting children
  • this is for letter size and A4 paper - so suitable for both U.S. and U.K. printers
  • resource in color/ colour and black and white for more printing options
  • separate games and instructions adapted as recommended by the British Dyslexia Association - using Dyslexic font, less distracting elements such as clipart and pastel colored/ coloured clipart. (I have read recently that there may be up to 16% of children who have some degree of dyslexia so helping students in this way may well be an issue you are looking at)

⭐ A resource for digraphs/ trigraphs is also available

⭐A 'growing' bundle with these games

A similar game for alternative spelling will also be available soon, please follow me if you are interested so you will get notification when this is ready.

Thank you

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72 slides (3 games, 3 challenges, 3 fonts)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.


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