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Dorilla

Target: Sound And Letter Associations sound
nonsense
words
phonics
Age: kindergarten aged and up
Duration: 5 minutes
Class Size: Any
Energy Level: medium
Type:  
Equipment: Picture and Letter Cards ,timer

Introduction: This is a simple game to give players practise at making silly words. It helps with sound and letter association.

Generally speaking, the most effective way for children to learn to read is to learn to produce the sounds of English first, before associating the sound directly with a letter. In other words sounds should come before symbols. Having said this, most individual consonants in English have one sound. This game focuses on the beginning sound of words.

Preparation: This game can be played using a whiteboard but a clear plastic wall pocket sheet is preferable. Choose five consonants to work with. Put them into a column. The order doesn't matter. Next choose some picture cards. Avoid cards that contain beginning blends (such as "dragon" ) or double-letter sounds (such as "ship") go for a combination of multiple and single syllable words with a consonant followed by a vowel. Always make sure a gorilla card is included.

Method of play: Set the timer for two minutes, get the players ready and start the clock. Take the first picture card and put it to the right of the letter, The players must now pronounce the word as if the picture started with the letter. Have a look:

Example: gorilla With a picture of a gorilla and the letters, s, n, p, h, d the players would need to say in order: sorilla, norilla, porilla horilla dorilla.

As the players say the word correctly move the card up the column. When the card reaches the top and the players say the word move the card to a storage area and start again at the bottom of the column with a new card.

When the timer goes the game stops. Count up the number of cards the players got and record the result as a future target to beat .

Note: This game is called dorilla because I first started doing this idea with a toy gorilla and an alphabet. I was at a kindergarten. I took the gorilla, pointed at a letter and then put the gorilla next to the letter and asked all the children a question. "Is it a torilla!", "No!" Is it a "morilla? "No!" Is it a gorilla? " Yes!" I'd do this with other physical items but the gorilla was always the most popular.

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