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Compound word accuracy, Connect 4 Compound Words

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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, chalkboard, colored chalk
Goal: Given half of a printed compound word, the student can read that word and then generate the second half of the compound word (air -> “air”-> “airplane”)
Items: All compound words learned so far

What to do

  1. Before beginning the game, draw a four by four grid on the chalkboard. You should have 16 boxes total. Number each box 1-16. On a separate sheet of paper that only the teacher can see, assign each box the first half of a compound word. You do not want the students to know what word they are getting when they pick a box.
  2. Divide students into two teams.
  3. Today we are going to play a game called Connect Four Compound Words. Raise you hand if you know how to play Connect Four. Good. Call on a student to explain the rules to the group.
  4. So you want to get four of your color in a row. This team is going to be red and this team is going to be blue. When it is your turn, you must pick a number where you want your team to put their color.
  5. I will then show you half of a compound word. You must read the word and then tell me what the other half of the word is. For example, if I gave you the word “air” you must say “air” “airplane.” If you get it right, then you can color that square in for your team.
  6. Then it will be time for the next team to go. They will do the same thing. Pick a number. I will tell them half of a compound word, and they must read the word and then give me the second half of the compound word. If they get it correct, they can color in the square their color.
  7. We will keep going back and forth until one team makes a line of four!
  8. The first team to get four in a row is the winner!
  9. Make sure students understand the different ways to get four in a row (horizontal, vertical, diaganol). Also make sure each student has their own turn. If you allow the team to help, students who need more help will not benefit.
  10. Observe students. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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