Looking for ways to have students practice skills, but don't want them to do worksheets at their seat? This game gets students up and moving! Students race against each other to sort cupcake cards by determining if they're compound words or not. This is a huge game with 144 compound/not compound words that can be played in many different ways! Below are the suggested directions.
Directions: You can either make 2 copies of the cards, or for shorter game play, divide the cards in half. Make 2 piles of cards, and divide your students into 2 groups. Have students race to the pile, pick up a card, and decide if it’s a compound word or not. They should then run to the “Compound” or “Not a compound” header cards (these can be placed on buckets or bins if you wish) and put the cards under the correct header. The first team to finish stops game play for both teams, and then the team with the most correct cards wins. (This prevents students from simply tossing the cards quickly into a pile to be finished first).
Adaptations/other ideas include:
-Sorting cards by syllables
-Using words in a sentence
-Giving the definitions for the words
-Using the cards in a center for students to sort in partners
-Timing students in a center to see how fast they can sort them
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