This football-themed phonics game can be used in centers and small groups to engage students with nonsense words and letters.
This fun, sport-themed game engages students with letters and nonsense words. What student doesn’t love a game, especially a thematic one? The football theme can be used year-round, but is perfect for football season and the Super Bowl.
Here's how to play. Stack the playing cards or place them in a container. Students select a nonsense word (or letter) card, then read it. This continues until a “Fumble!” card is pulled -- then all the cards go back into the box.
While playing, students are asked to read VC and CVC nonsense words. Alternatively, students can play with letter cards and give the letter’s name or sound.
This game is perfect for centers, small groups, interventions, RTI, etc. Also, consider splitting the class into cooperative groups and playing simultaneously.
Why work on these skills?
Nonsense Word Fluency, Letter Naming Fluency, and Letter Sound Fluency are skills often assessed through DIBELS and similar tests.
Of course, we are not teaching these skills simply because they are being assessed. Nonsense words can help with blending sounds and decoding words. While “real words” can be memorized, reading nonsense words requires decoding skills.
This file is also available in a bundle!
You can find the Literacy Games Bundle right here
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This file includes directions, "Fumble!" cards, upper case letter cards, lower case letter cards, and 90 nonsense word cards.
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