Long Vowel Games | First Grade Phonics Science of Reading

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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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This set of five board games will give your first and second grade students an extra boost in reading words with the long vowel sounds of a, e, i, o, and u. Through repeated practice decoding words with the most common vowel patterns, your students will gain automaticity with using vowel spelling patterns quickly and smoothly in their text reading.

Here's what this set includes:

* All Aboard the Brain Train: game board, 72 long a word cards, sorting mat, and
writing page

* The Wheel Deal: game board, 81 long e word cards, sorting mat, and writing page

* Twice as Nice: game board, 63 long i word cards, sorting mat, and writing page

* Silly Old Goat, Floating in a Boat!: game board, 63 long o word cards, sorting mat,
and writing page

* The Cute Mule: game board, 36 long u word cards, sorting mat, and writing page

* Suggestions for use as a Family Homework activity, including a parent letter

Here are the spelling patterns included:

* Long a: ai, a_e

* Long e: ea, ee

* Long i: -i-e, -ight

* Long o: o_e, -oa-, -ow, -old

* Long u: -u-e, -ew, -ue

These games are very easy to prepare: just print, cut, and laminate! Or, print only the cards and use them with the interactive version of the game boards on the Easel TpT app. Assign it to students to complete from any device. Easel by TpT is free to use.

Here's what some buyers have said:

* "I am using this now in my Word Work stations and my students love these games!"

* "No matter how much time we spend on tricky spell patterns for long vowels, there are always lots of modest readers that struggle with reading words with these vowel combinations. Thanks for providing cute, interesting games for firsties to use to consolidate their learning with exciting ways to practice reading them. "


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.


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