Phonics Guided Reading Game Science Of Reading Task Cards Bundle

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    1. Pop The Balloon! is a great way to start ANY reading or math small group! It's fun, engaging, and easy to differentiate among your learners! To play, give each child a card and listen to your student as they start at the bottom and work their way to the top to "pop" the balloon! It's a great way to
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    This phonics guided reading game is a fun way to keep your students engaged and learning in guided reading. This game provides consistency and a reliable routine for your students every day. Your students will gain independence as they play, knowing exactly what to do when they come to your guided reading group.

    This game was designed to meet all your learners with a quick daily warm-up of their phonics skills. You can quickly assess and check in with your students and what phonics skills they have retained as well as how they apply those phonics skills within words. There are 6 sounds or words on most cards.

    You can easily differentiate among students with this set. Students can work on whichever phonics skill they need, but also can work on identifying the sound (i.e. -at,

    -ap, -am) or words with phonics skills.

    Teachers love this game because it provides consistency and an opportunity for growth. Your students will know exactly what to start on when they come to your guided reading group. Students love this game because it's fun and engaging!


    Each student in your small group will have a card. Students start at the bottom of the card and read the sounds/words up to the top of the card. My students like to then clap and say "POP!" and then they get another card. I use this time to check in with each student and listen to them read at least one card. I spend the first 5 minutes of guided reading with this game.

    If you are interested in learning more about how I use and implement this game in my guided reading routine, you can visit my blog to read my post The Best Way To Start Guided Reading. This post details how I use the game in my classroom within the first five minutes of guided reading and how it was a game-changer with my small groups.


    • short vowels
    • long vowels
    • digraphs
    • vowel teams
    • blends
    • trigraphs
    • letter sounds/ letter identification
    • r-vowels


    By beginning your guided reading groups this way each time, students are gaining confidence with the exposure and repetition of their phonics skills. You can differentiate guided reading groups by using the set of cards and skills they need. This no-fuss game is visually appealing, simple yet effective to play, and you will enjoy hearing your students cheer every time you pull it out. Mine cheer! Really!


    To add some flair to your game, try adding the Target mini erasers. Each time a sound/word is read, students add an eraser to the word. You can also put these out for early finishers to practice quietly in their seats.

    What are teachers saying?

    "Instant engagement for my students during small group! These are the perfect warm up activity and help the students get started right away while I am circling the room right at the beginning of reading centers! Genius!!" -Allison H.

    "Great as a warmup! Also helping build fluency because students try to read faster each time. After sounding out each word, they can read each balloon just like they're talking." -Lindsey B.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
    Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
    Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
    Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.


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