This is an activity that came to me in the middle of the night – you know, the idea that pops into your head, you wake up, fumble around trying to find something to write with so you can get all the details down before you fall back to sleep and forget everything
I have found over the many years I have been teaching, it is always the simple activities which engage my students. Simplicity also makes room for creativity and making this activity your own to work for your student’s specific needs
The pictures on the product slides, show the first time I tried this activity with my students. I hand wrote on index cards. All of the cards are neatly printed for you in this packet.
So, here is how this activity works:
Separate the vowel and syllable pattern cards. I taped the vowel cards up on a white board so they could be easily taken down and replaced during the game.
Lay out the syllable pattern cards on the “Word Building” table where the students will “build” the words.
3 teams or students are needed for each round of the game.
Each word building and labeling constitutes a “round”.
Have a stack of blank index cards & 3 different color sharpie pens on the “word building table”
The 3 jobs for each player:
1. Building consonants for 1st syllable in word
2. Building consonants for 2nd syllable in word
3. Vowel “Yoda”
(I teach my students the vowel sound will guide them in spelling a word & show you the “way” = deciding on which syllable pattern to use in a syllable….Just as Yoda guides characters in Star Wars. I had a few Star Wars fans in this current group, so I try to make connections however I can )
I’m going to give you a two syllable word. (invest) Work together to break apart the two syllables in the word,. (in) (vest)
Player #1 writes only the consonants for the 1st syllable. (n)
Player #2 writes only the consonants for the 2nd syllable (v, s, t)
Player #3 listens for the vowel sound in each syllable and places the correct vowel card in each syllable. Then they place the correct syllable pattern card above each syllable in the word.
Here is a short video showing how this works