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Compound word accuracy, Compound Word Baseball

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form:
Grade: K, 1, 2
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Materials: Image:Compound Word List.doc, Compound words written on index cards, blank index cards
Goal: Given the first half of a printed compound word, the student can read the word and add a second word to form a completed compound word (air -> “air” -> “airplane).
Items: All compound words learned so far

What to do

  1. Before beginning the game write compound words on index cards. Only write the first half of each word on the index card. For example, write “air” for the word “airplane.” Take five blank index cards and label them "Home Run", "Single", "Double", "Triple", and "Out".
  2. Take 4 more blank index cards and label them "Home Plate", "First Base", "Second Base", and "Third Base". Post first base at the front of the room. Continue posting the signs around the room to form a diamond shape.
  3. Today we are going to play a game of baseball! Raise your hand if you like to play baseball. We need two teams to play baseball. Divide the class into two teams.
  4. When your team is up to bat, I will call up one person. When it is your turn, you must come up to home plate. Show students where home plate is.
  5. I am going to show you a word. It is one half of a compound word. You will bat by reading the word and then telling me what the second half of the word is. For example, let’s say I see this card. Hold up the “air” card. I would say “air.” Then I would need to give an entire compound word. “Airplane.”
  6. Once you give me the entire word correctly, you can pick a card from the baseball plays in this bucket. Your card will tell you where to go.
  7. Show students where they will find the first, second, and third bases in the classroom.
  8. If you get the card that says "Out" your team gets one out and you must sit down. When your team gets three outs, the other team is up to bat.
  9. As soon as someone from your team makes it back to home plate you score a run! We will keep track of the runs on the chalkboard.
  10. Does anyone have any questions? Answer any questions.
  11. Okay, let’s get started.
  12. For variation, you can choose a student to be the pitcher. That student will be in charge of holding up words for the batter. You can also choose a student to be the scorekeeper on the chalkboard.
  13. Observe students. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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