-One March Madness Bracket (2 pages to be taped/glued together and laminated)
-1 page of cards that tell students to move ahead or backwards- print as many as needed
-1 page of cards for students to collect as they reach the championship- print as many as needed
-Word Lists for /r/, /s,z/, /th/, /sh,ch/, and /l/ with 15 words in initial, medial, final positions and blends
*YOU NEED GAME PIECES FOR EACH STUDENT!
1. Students place their game piece at the ends of the board (either right or left side- does not matter- it’s as if they are just beginning a tournament!). There can be more than one student on each side.
2. Students take turns reading a word from their word list, at any level (word, phrase, sentence) and then choose a card. The card will tell them how many places to move and whether they move forward or backward across the bracket. Examples:
Move ahead 1= Move to the next basketball, as if they won that game and are advancing to the next game in the tournament.
Move back 1= Move backwards to the previous basketball
*From beginning to end, there are 5 spaces until you get to Champion (4 basketballs and then Champion)
3. Once a student reaches the middle (champion), he/she earns a token card (token cards have pictures of boys or girls with basketballs). Then, on their next turn, they move their game piece back to the right or left side of the bracket and start again, as if it is a “new tournament”.
4. Play continues through the end of the session. The person with the most tokens (i.e. the person who reaches “Champion” the most times and collects the most token cards) is the winner!
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