Long or Short Vowels Basketball Madness

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Elementary Matters
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Learning Objective

The students will identify long and short vowels in words with a fun game with a basketball theme.


Here's a fun game with a basketball theme that will get your kids engaged while practicing long and short vowel sounds! There's even a twist that gets the children rooting to get short vowel words!

Why use Basketball Madness? Did you know that more than 50% of words have a short vowel sound? It’s important that children know their vowel sounds, and touching their sports passions sparks enthusiasm for playing the game and practicing the skill!

How it works: For those basketball fans out there! Here's a board game for the students with a twist. If the word has a long vowel, they proceed the number on the die, but if the word has a short vowel, they double the roll of the die! It’s a very popular game, which means they’ll be practicing their vowel sounds often!

What’s included: This resource has a basketball themed game board, and has 54 word cards with a mixture of long and short vowels. It also has 6 basketball themed brain breaks that can be shuffled into the deck. As each brain break is drawn, all players are encouraged to participate in the brain break. The word cards can also be used for word sorts or sight word practice.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.


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