This is a fun little game designed to reinforce sight word recognition. All 220 Dolch words are included, divided by grade level PLUS 160 CVC words, divided by vowel. Each Dolch and vowel set is coded by a different style shamrock. Select which word cards you wish to use and photocopy them onto cardstock and laminate for durability. You can focus on a single grade list or mix and match to suit your needs. Blank cards are included so that you may add your own items. You will also need to prepare the three pages of “special” cards. Additional supplies you may wish to acquire to increase the “fun quotient” are jingle bells (or other noisemaker) and some Skittles candy. This game is ideal for small group instruction (5 or 6 students). For a game lasting approximately 10 minutes in length, you will need 40-50 word cards plus the 18 “special” cards. To adjust the length of your game, you can add or delete cards accordingly.
General instructions: Before playing the first time, a “Leprechaun” card should be hidden at the bottom of the deck. Do NOT hide a “Leprechaun” card at the bottom of the deck every time, however, or it will decrease the surprise of the winner in subsequent plays. The teacher (or leader) holds up a card to the first child who reads it aloud. Upon reading it correctly, the student is given the card to hold. If the child reads the word incorrectly or does not know it, there is no penalty. Instead the child is gently corrected by the teacher. The child repeats the word, keeps it, and play continuesto the next student. Some of the cards instruct the student to do an action instead of reading a word. Play proceeds until all the cards have been passed out. The child with the most cards is the winner.
versions of this game can also be purchased separately.
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