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Reading Word Work Activities to Use with Games in the Classroom

Games are such a fun way for students to get in extra practice with word work and other reading skills that they need to strengthen.  

Using Candy Land in the Classroom for Word Work Activities

One of my students favorite games is Candy Land.  They love those picture cards!  Except when they get sent to the bottom.  😀  I have students draw a sight word card to read before they can draw a game card.  TIP:  I print the sight word cards as slides and they are the perfect size for the game.  

Using Uno Stack in the Classroom during Word Work Activities

Another really popular game is Uno Stack.  You can use Brain Warm Up Cards like prefixes, suffixes, short vowels, etc...  Any type of phonics students need to practice more to increase their fluency.

Using Uno Stack Game in the Classroom for Word Work Literacy Center Activities

TIP:  Have students play this game on a run or short table set on a rug.  Then when the blocks fall, it is not so loud!

Using Differentiation Learning Cubes and Tic Tac Toe Games for Word Work Activities

A really low prep game that is also good is Tic Tac Toe.  One thing I like to do to change it up from the other games is to us a learning cube.  If you missed my post on Differentiated Learning Cubes just click here to read about it.  You can place picture sound cards in the cube's pockets.  Then students roll the cube, say the sound it begins or ends with and identify the letters before marking their spot for 3 in a row.

Using Sight Word Lists and Tic Tac Toe during Word Work Activities

Another way to change it up is to place sight word lists in the center.  The students must draw and read a list before placing a marker on the board.  TIP:  Laminate your Tic Tac Toe boards and place different items in the center for marking the spaces.  Keeps it interesting!

Using fluency strips with Uno Games for word work activities

Kids love card games so, of course, Uno is a favorite!  I like for students to practice sentence fluency and including a pack into the game is easy.  TIP:  A great way to differentiate for students is for them to use the sight word list, word cards, or fluency strips that each student is working on at the time.  They can have their own stack at their spot that fits them.  

Using Multisyllabic word cards with Uno for Word Work Activities

Multisyllabic word cards are great too!  There are so many ways this can be used:

spelling words
vocabulary words/meanings
math problems
syllables
rhyming 

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Roll It! Differentiation Cubes

Using Differentiation Cubes

We are using these differentiation cubes ALL the time!  Kids love rolling them and I love that they are quiet when students are using them.  

Using Differentiation Cubes

I ordered mine from Amazon.  They are great for literacy and for math activities.  Sometimes each small group will use more than one cube at a time and sometimes each student gets just one.


*  Roll Letters
Roll ABC Letters Activity

Students can work with just capitals or lower case letters or both.  You can easily differentiate the cubes for students to work on exactly the letters they need.  

*  Add Recording Sheets for Accountability


Roll ABC Letter Activities

I always have students record their work with the cubes.  It provides them more of a purpose for their activity.

Roll A Word Silent e Word Activities

Also, I require students to read the letters or words as they record them.  I don't ever want them just copying down letters.  It needs to make sense to them.

*  Sight Word Practice

Using Differentiation Cubes

Students can write a few sight words they are working on learning onto small cards and slip these cards into the pockets on the cubes.  Set a time for just a few minutes.  Students roll, read, and write their words to see which word will win when the timer goes off.  Only allow them a few minutes so this is truly a quick practice and doesn't become busy work for them.

*  Make Words~ Is it Real or Nonsense?

Roll on set and rime activities

This is where these cubes really get their name- differentiation.  By slipping different letters or chunks into the cubes you are giving each student just what they need to practice.

It's fun to listen to the students as they roll the sounds and try saying the new words to determine if it sounds like a real word or not!

Rolling suffix endings Activities

Students can even practice adding endings.

Roll R-Controlled Words Activities


*  Add Game Cards

Using Differentiation Cubes to roll Words

You can make the cubes even more fun by adding cards like Roll Again and Lose A Turn to create a game-like atmosphere to the activity.  This simple addition makes the cubes even more excited to use them because they are having so much fun they don't even realize they are learning so much!

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