This unit contains 36 game boards and is designed to correlate with the unit Nursery Rhymes and Songs: Tracking Print and Concept of Word. Each rhyme or song unit includes a game board and two sets of matching word cards. One set of word cards is black and white, to be printed on colored cardstock. The other set is in color to be printed on white cardstock. Choose the option that works best for you.
Each child is given a game board, and is asked to match word cards to the rhyme in rainbow order (the first line of print is red, the second line of print is orange...). When all words are matched, students read the rhyme together. You will then ask them to find sight words, rhyming words, words that begin with a given sound, or any other skill you are working on in class.
I have found this format to help students develop concepts of print and learn sight words. It is also a catalyst for amazing conversations - "I know this card says 'Jill', so this one must be 'hill' because the first sound is /h/ and it is spelled the same at the end of the word."
My Kindergarten students learn two nursery rhymes each week. We begin with a rhyme from the Nursery Rhymes and Songs: Tracking Print and Concept of Word unit (also available individually with the title Learning to Track Print with Nursery Rhymes), and follow it up with the matching game board from this unit. This format has helped many students understand the concept of reading and master many CCSS ELA skills.
All materials and artwork are ©Sandy Warrick, 2012.