Students mix and match base words with single or double consonant endings in this engaging activity. 120 words are covered, in 8 sets of 15. The left side cards show the dog used in the set and the base word (along with the consonant which will be used—single or doubled). The right side card shows the final consonant or double consonant, and the dog in another pose, activity or costume. By mixing and matching the two types of cards for each dog, all of them can be used to form words. If a student makes a mistake, he/she will likely catch it when they don’t have the proper ending for another word. The cards allow for easy hands-on experimentation with these confusing spelling patterns. Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. Each set has a mixture of ff/f, ll/l and ss/s plus one other consonant. An optional recording sheet is included for students to write down the words they form.
To play as a game, choose as many sets of cards as you have players. Put the dog picture cards (matching the cards chosen and equal to the number of players) in a facedown pile. Each player takes a card. This is his/her dog for the game. Shuffle the word cards into a facedown pile. Players take turns flipping over two cards. If one or both feature his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it is not a match, it goes in a discard pile. During their turn a player can put down any pairs which form a word. If a player forms a word with an incorrect spelling, he/she must put those cards in the discard pile. Players can each take the word card for another player’s dog to check the words. Shuffle the discard pile and reuse when needed. The first player to form 12 words wins the game (or play until one player forms all 15 of his/her words).
Preparation is easy—just print out the instructions, word list, word cards and picture cards. Laminate the cards and cut them apart. Photocopy the recording sheet if desired, and let the fun and learning begin!
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