By Pamela Chanko
Create confident, fluent readers. This delightful play gives children plenty of repeated reading practice with words from the "-ack" word family! Guaranteed to help children build the decoding skills that lead fluency and comprehension. They'll want to read them again and again!
Word Family RelayIn this active game, children race to form words using common endings.1. Divide the class into two equal teams. Write the same target phonogram on opposite sides of the chalk- or whiteboard, writing the word ending once for each team member. (For example, to practice the -op family with two teams of eight, you would write op eight times in a column on each side of the board.)2. Have each team line up in front of their side of the board and give the first child in each line a piece of chalk (or whiteboard pen). When you say, “Go,” that child goes to the board and adds a letter or letters to the first phonogram to form a word. (In this case, a child might add an m to the first op to form mop.) The next player in line then adds letters to form a new word for the list. Teams should not repeat words on their own list, nor peek at the other team’s words! 3. Play continues until each team has completed their word list. The team that completes their list first wins the game. Compare word lists. Did teams form mostly the same words, or is each team’s list different?