This “flake-tastic” short a word family practice is a useful addition to your literacy station library. There are six different “decks” of cards that students can play with: the -ab, -ad, -am, -an, -ap, and -at word families. You use each deck independently to target one word family, put all six decks at your station in separate bags/containers to allow your students a choice, or for more of a challenge, you can shuffle any combination of decks you like together so they can practice the families you want all at once. In addition, there are six undecorated snowflake cards that you can put into play to add a little snowy excitement to the game. (I made six so you would have one for each game if you separate the decks, or you can put six in if you are using the all the cards together.) If a student draws a snowflake “game over” card, the game is immediately over. Students should then count their cards to see which person had more and “won.” Then students can put all the cards back in to the container and start the game again. (Or switch decks if you have the decks separated.)
To play, students should place one card on each square of the game board. (I have my students place them upside-down so they can’t see what is on the card ahead of time.) A student rolls a die and they have to pick up the card next to the number on the game board that they rolled on the die. They need to read the word on the card. If they can read the word on the card, they get to keep it. If they can’t, they return the card to the game board and their turn is over. Now it is the next player’s turn. If someone draws a snowflake game over card, the game ends. The student who has the most cards at the end of the game wins.