I’m building up my collection of hands-on word family fun. Teaching beginning reading with word families is so important (see why here). To add to our other short a printables, I created this free word family game: Uno!
Lately my Four and Six have been obsessed with the classic Uno game.
Since I’m teaching my Four to read by starting with short a word families, I designed this game with him in mind. However, I quickly discovered that this is best for someone who can read these families with more speed. The game required too much concentration for him to enjoy. I’ll try again in a few months.
But my Six? She loved it.
Free Word Family Game
How to play:
- Deal 5 cards to each player.
- Turn over the top card from the deck.
- The first player looks to see if one of his cards matches the turned-up card: it can match in color or word family. If a card matches, he sets it on top and reads it aloud. If the player has no matching card in his hand, he draws one card from the deck. He can play that card if it matches.
- Players can play a “skip,” “reverse,” or “draw 2” card if it matches the color of the upturned card. If a player plays a “skip” card, the next player loses a turn. If he plays a “reverse” card, the direction of play reverses. If he plays a “draw 2,” the next player draws 2 cards and does not get to play a card on his turn.
- Players can play “Wild” cards at any time. When doing so, they should name the new word family that players must match.
- When a player has one card left, he says “Uno.”
- The first player to play all his cards wins!
The deck consists of 99 cards:
- 80 word family cards (10 cards for each word family: ab, at, ack, ad, am, ag, an, ap)
- 5 Draw 2 cards (red, yellow, orange, green, blue)
- 5 Skip cards (red, yellow, orange, green, blue)
- 5 Reverse cards (red, yellow, orange, green, blue)
- 4 Wild cards
If you just want the fronts of the cards, you will need to print only the even-numbered pages.
Do you have our word family mats yet?
We highly recommend this reading curriculum for learning short vowel words – it’s fantastic!
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