I love the sound of my babies laughing and having fun. I love their excited yells when they win a game. I love listening to them call out the number or word they want their die to land on.
Games! They are fun. They add excitement to a school day, and give children a chance to relax and have fun.
But why do them?
Most children will balk at doing any school task over and over. Sometimes it is needed, though. They need more exposure to a certain word family. They may need to practice their newly learned math skill at least a gazillion times. Games are a chance to practice and have fun at the same time.
My first grader has slowly been working his way through diphthongs. These are words that have two vowels that form one sound. They are all over the place in words such as look, joy, and draw, and are a wonderful study to help improve reading skills.
Knowing this, we began by using interactive notebook to help us read diphthongs and learn their meanings. In addition, there have been word sorts, and then fill in the blanks to further vocabulary and reading comprehension. Now we need to begin the review process, and just have fun reading the words.
After the games, we will work on spelling diphthongs with crossword puzzles and word searches…..but first to the game!
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Diphthong Game Time
I created a game that requires almost no prep.
All you have to do is….
- First, print off the game board and word cards – use card stock and laminate for more durability
- Next, cut out the word cards and insert them into a learning cube
- Finally, grab game markers and kiddos that need to practice diphthongs.
Diphthong Game Rules
Now that the prep part is done, it is time for the rules that are just as simple. First of all, the children take turns rolling the learning cube, reading the word, and then moving to the next picture that corresponds with the word they rolled. The first person to roll the word haunt and be able to move into the last space is the winner.
Games are an incredible way to learn. Most noteworthy, they can challenge our children to learn and think in new ways that wouldn’t happen with a worksheet. We hope you enjoy this game as much as we have. You’ve Got This
Check out a few other diphthong activities from You’ve Got This.
Get ALL my diphthong games at my Teacher Pay Teachers store. This set includes:
- AU and AW
- OI and OY
- OU and OW
- OO and EW
Or Get ALL my Diphthong Activites in one Bundle at my Teacher Pay Teachers store. It includes
- Interactive Notebook
- Word Sorts
- Fill in the blanks
- All games
- Crossword puzzles
- Word Searches
Other diphthong activities:
- Free Spelling Games for ea and ee from the Measured Mom
- Phonics Games from This Reading Mama
- Sound Twins from Kindergarten Corps
- Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs
- Diphthong Puzzles from 123Homeshcool4Me
Get your free diphthong game for AU and AW HERE.