This is a printable single letter phonics BINGO game for groups of 1 to 32 players. It can be consumable or you can put the sheets in plastic sleeves or laminate for multiple uses. It’s perfect for beginning readers who are just learning their short vowel sounds and corresponding letters. I have taught EFL overseas for almost 20 years and have found that some of the short vowel sounds are very tricky for non-native English speakers so this game can help both beginning readers and EFL / ESL students. Enjoy!
This is BINGO BEAR Set #1 / Short vowel sounds:
This vocab set corresponds to the Unit 1 of popular EFL textbook by David Paul, New Finding Out 1:
Some features of these BINGO cards:
*Fast paced 3x3 grid / designed to hold the attention of young learners.
* Colorful dessert themed cards that kids enjoy
* 8 BINGO cards with a boy bear
* 8 BINGO cards with a girl bear
* Spaces have combination of short vowel letters and anchor images
* Every card has ONE anomalous image for student to find. The enigmatic “egg-man”
* 1 x BINGOEAR grapheme / single letter chart
* For larger games distribute cards to students who are not sitting next to each other.
One of the often overlooked aspects of BINGO is how the spaces are called out. In a typical teacher led class the teacher calls out the cards and the students mark their cards. This is a great first step. To increase the difficulty and to work on a variety of pre-reading skills I often cut up a call sheet into individual cards on thick stock paper and then have students take turns calling a letter. This is a great tactic for dealing with level gaps between students. Weaker readers can skip their turn calling a card and just focus on finding the spaces on their sheet while more advanced students enjoy the challenge and fun of reading a card. To add to the enjoyment and suspense I usually scatter the cards face down on a large table in front of the students. The randomness of drawing a card from the table adds a lot to the enjoyment of the game.
I’ve also included one anomalous word, “egg-man”, to be included. Kids love these random cards thrown in to spice things up. Also the word is phonetically regular so an advanced reader might even be able to sound out the card by themselves.
For more BINGO resources for beginning readers check out the full line of BINGO BEAR bingo cards. Set #2 introduces the letters b, t, c, d, g and corresponds to Unit 2 in New Finding Out book 1
Please leave me feedback! If you have any suggestions on how these cards can be improved to better help your students or if you just want to say “thanks” or say hello to Egg-man please leave a comment on the Teachers Pay Teachers website or contact me directly by E-mail: seangjpn(at)yahoo.com
Wishing you and your children success in discovering the joy of reading! Sean