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Compound word accuracy, Compound Word Memory

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1, 2
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Image:Compound Word List.doc, compound words written on index cards, blank index cards
Goal: Given two words the student can read them and determine whether or not they form a compound word (air + plane -> “air” “plane” -> “airplane”).
Items: All compound words learned so far

What to do

  1. Before beginning the game, write compound words on index cards. Write half of each word on separate index cards. For example, for the word “airplane,” write “air” on one card and “plane” on a second card. In all, write out fifteen words, for a total of thirty cards.
  2. Shuffle cards and place them face down in rows.
  3. How many of you have ever played the game Memory before? Good. Today we are going to play Memory. However, instead of looking for matching pictures, we are going to look for matching compound words.
  4. The first player is going to flip over two cards. As soon as he flips over his cards he must read each card. If your two cards make up one compound word, then you can keep them. If they don’t make a compound word, then you must turn them back over. If you find a compound word during your turn, you get to go again. If you do not find a word, your turn is over and the next person in the circle goes.
  5. You want to find as many compound words as you can. The person with the most cards at the end is the winner.
  6. Remember, you must pay attention when other people are taking a turn! Everyone who is playing the game will help decide if the match is correct or incorrect. Before you can keep your match, you must read the compound word correctly. If you give an incorrect answer, choose another student in your group to tell you why your answer is wrong.
  7. Observe small groups of students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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