By Pamela Chanko
Create confident, fluent readers. This delightful play gives children plenty of repeated reading practice with words from the "-an" word family! Guaranteed to help children build the decoding skills that lead fluency and comprehension. They'll want to read them again and again!
What Would Jack Pack?In this game, children pack a suitcase for a word family vacation!1. Seat children in a circle for this variation on a popular memory game. Choose a word family that includes a proper name, such as Jack, Jan, Pat, or Bill. Then begin the game by saying, for example: “Pat is packing a suitcase and she’s bringing a _____.” Fill the blank with another word from the family, for instance, cat.2. The child to your left repeats the sentence and adds another item from the word family, for example, “Pat is packing a suitcase and she’s bringing a cat and a hat.” Continue around the circle, having each child repeat the previous items and add a new one. Play until the chain breaks—either because you run out of words, or the list gets too long to remember! Then the last child to correctly complete the sentence chain gets to start a new suitcase with a new name.