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Word-form recognition accuracy, Old Maid

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 15 minutes
Goal: Given a written regular word, the student say the word with automaticity ( abc -> "abc" ).
Items: All word-recognition words learned so far

What to do

  1. Sit in a circle with your students.
  2. Shuffle the deck of cards and deal out one card at a time to both the students and yourself.
  3. Today we are going to play a game called Old Maid. Please look at the cards in your hand. If any two words match, place them in front of you, raise your hand, and when I call on you, please read me the words. For example, I have one pair of matching cards in my hand. (Show two matching cards.) So, I will place them in front of me (face up), read the words to myself silently, and raise my hand. Then once I am called on, I will read the words like this: mat (point to the first card in the pair) and mat (point to the second card in the pair).
  4. Once all of the students have placed their matching cards in front of them, call on each student to read his or her matching word cards.
  5. Now spread the cards in your hand out face down, so that the person to the left of you can pick a card from your hand. (Model this for the students.) Now, Madison (to your left), please pick one card out of my hand. If the word on the card matches any of the words in your hand, put the two matching cards down in front of you. If the student gets a match, call on the student to read the words. If the student does not get a match, say, Oh well! Now it’s your turn. Spread out your cards face down so that the person to your left can pick a card. Remember, in this game, if you get a card with a picture of an Old Maid on it, try to get rid of it secretly by having the person to your left pick it--because in this game, the last player holding the Old Maid card after all of the word pairs have been found loses the game.
  6. Make sure to praise all of the students for being good readers, especially, the one that ends up with the Old Maid card, so that everyone feels like a winner. You may want to let the student who ends up with the Old Maid card become the dealer during the next round.

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