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Soccer Ball Sorts are word sorts with a twist! A dash of randomness and competition has been added to make them more fun. They can be used in one-on-one instruction, or with a classroom divided into teams.
This set includes ALL long vowel patterns, so before playing them, students should know about: Silent e, Vowel Teams, Tricky Y, Open Syllables, and that i and o can be long when followed by two consonants.
Print the soccer field for each long vowel. Print the set of soccer balls that you wish to use. The set with borders can be cut out, or the other set can be punched out with a one inch circle punch. Each vowel set can be stored in zip lock bags.
Divide into two teams and choose an end of the field which will be the goal for the team. (If only two people are playing, just choose which end of the field will be the goal for each person.) Select the field and set of soccer ball words for the vowel you wish to practice. Mix the soccer ball words well and place in a container that is not see-through. Take turns drawing a soccer ball and reading the word. If the word is read correctly, it counts as a score for the team. If the vowel pattern has already been matched, set it in a discard pile after it is read. Beware the yellow words that may look like a long vowel but are not! The turn is lost if one is drawn. The game ends when one person or team gets one of each pattern.