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Letter Sound Accuracy, Connect 4 Words

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: K, 1
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 10 minutes
Materials: Index card size letters cards, chalkboard, colored chalk
Goal: Given a printed letter, the student can say the letter's sound and a word beginning with that sound (a -> /a/, |a|)
Items: All letter sounds 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 a letter. You do not want the students to know what letter they are getting when they pick a box. Do not go in alphabetical order; make the number assignment random.
  2. Divide students into two teams.
  3. Today we are going to play a game called Connect 4 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 a letter. You must say the sound for that letter plus a word that begins with that sound. 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 show them the letter, and they say the sound and give me a word that begins with that sound. 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, diagonal). Also, make sure that each student has his or her own turn. If you allow the team to help, students who need more time will not benefit.
  10. You can also use this game with letter combinations.
  11. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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