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New resources: Out now!
Word Family Games: ir er ur Word Families; or ar er Word Families
Numeral Recognition Games: 3 Digit Numerals
Dog Hundreds and Parrot Hundreds
Word Family Games:
Clues in the News: long 'u' letter patterns (ue, ew, oo, u_e)
Bees with Dreams: long 'e' letter patterns (ee, ea, ie, ee_e, ea_e)
Word Family Riddles: am, and/end, et/ed, ip, og/op, um/un, ick, ing, ch,sh, th
(I thought the Word Family Riddles were already available, but the link hasn't been working. If you find a link that doesn't go where it's supposed to, please email me.)
CVC Word Games: Foxy , Lizards and Happy Bugs (all card games)
Sight Word Games: Scarecrow, Pirate Ahoy and Ocean Creatures (all card games)
Word Family Games: High in the Sky: long 'i' letter patterns (igh, ie, ye, y, i_e); On the Road Home: long 'a' letter patterns (ay, a_e, ai) and Play in the Rain: long 'o' letter patterns (oa, o_e, ow)
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Some link pages to online resources from around the world:
Literacy Links for Kinders and Preps (mainly letters and beginning sounds)
Literacy Links for beginning readers (cvc words, simple rhymes, signt words, blends)
Literacy Links for developing readers (syllables, suffixes, digraphs)
CVC word games
Simple rhyming word games (link works now)
So many uses!
My literacy and numeracy games can be used in many ways. Do any of these sound useful to you?
- to teach groups of students that have particular needs (each game is a lesson in itself)
- a teacher assistant working with a small group or individual
- a parent helper or volunteer working with a small group or individual
- a daily 15 to 30 minute class activity time for literacy (while some students are involved in guided reading groups, or computer programs for literacy; or for everyone at once, allowing the teacher time to observe or test individually)
- a weekly class activity time for literacy games
- a daily 15 to 30 minute class activity time for numeracy (while some students are involved in a group lesson with the teacher, or with individual computer programs for numeracy; or for everyone at once, allowing the teacher time to observe or test individually)
- a weekly class activity time for numeracy games
- support older students in the primary years to consolidate important concepts they are experiencing difficulty with
- a daily independent activity time for primary students who have low literacy or numeracy skills (build skills and confidence!)
- support special needs students with repetitive, fun activities that strengthen understandings and build skills
- great for high school teachers who are providing special programs for students who need daily experiences with basic numeracy and literacy concepts!
Think of the benefits!!
Build a collection of games that can be used within any classroom, small group, or individual tutoring program.
Always have purposeful activities on hand for parent helpers and teacher assistants.
Reduce lesson planning and preparation time by establishing your collection and including regular activity times in your program.
Allow your students to develop confidence, skills and understandings, while working co-operatively and independently!
Watch students enjoy learning essential literacy and numeracy concepts!
Note to members: If you find a file that won't open after putting your password in, please let me know by sending a message in the broken links email link on the home page. The web program I'm using doesn't seem to find the errors, and I've only discovered them when I try to download resources myself.
Interactive Whiteboard Resources:
Daily Weather and Calendar
The idea with this activity is to grab the attention of those students who tend to lose focus during the morning calendar and weather check. I want my students retaining the words for the days and months, and thinking about the seasons and weather. The little face appears in the bottom left corner when you need to click on to the next page. It probably would work well to give the class the choice of whether to do this task electronically or with the magnetic board and cards, so it's not always the same. Another nice interactive resource from ICT Games assists in writing the date: Datechart
Counting patterns and clocks - Prep Maths
My idea with this activity is to use it once a week or fortnight, as a class activity to support students who are learning the skip counting by 2s and 10s patterns, counting and reading teen numbers, counting backwards, saying ordinal numbers, and seeing o'clock times. If the timing is wrong for your students, you could make the changes you need with the powerpoint. Some of the pages move forward automatically, some need a click on the star. Pages could be skipped if they are inappropriate for your group.
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