This engaging alternative to traditional word sorts will help your students master oi/oy, and ou/ow spelling patterns. Students mix and match incomplete words with their missing diphthong in this engaging activity. 120 words are covered, in 8 sets of 15 . Each word card in a set features the same dog, but in different poses, activities or costumes. The oi/oy cards have red words and the ou/ow cards black so students know which sound they are searching for. Students can then experiment with the two possible diphthong cards for that sound to complete the word. 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 diphthong for another word. Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. Each set has a combination of oi, oy, ou and ow words. A 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. Each player takes the diphthong cards for that dog and places them in a facedown pile in front of them Shuffle the word cards into a facedown pile (or put them in a paperbag). Players take turns flipping over the top card (or pulling a card). If the card features his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it is not a match, it goes in a discard pile. The player also turns over one diphthong card during each turn, for use on that turn or a subsequent turn. After turning over the diphthong card the player can combine any cards they have available to 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 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!
THE –VES CARDS CAN BE REMOVED TO FORM 8 SETS OF 11 CARDS WHICH ONLY USE THE –ES, -IES, -S PLURAL FORMS.