Why settle for boring word sorts when you can offer your students an activity or game featuring cute puppies?
Students mix and match –er, -or and -ar word endings with initial word chunks to form words.The cards combine to make 72 words (6 sets of 12 words). The initial letters of the word show the dog, and the final syllable shows the dog as a pirate. By mixing and matching the two types of cards for each dog, all of them can be used to form words. The cards allow for easy hands-on experimentation with these unaccented final syllables.
Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. Each set has a mixture of the three final syllables. 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. Each player chooses a dog picture card to be his/her dog. Players take turns flipping over a word card. If it features his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it does not feature their dog, it is discarded. When a player has 2 or more cards, he/she can put down any two which form a word. If a player forms a word with an incorrect final syllable, he/she must put those cards in the discard pile. The discard pile is shuffled and reused until one player forms 10 of his/her words (or all 12).
Both the sorting activity and game are great for centers.