Today I’m sharing a set of four-in-a-row games for teaching short i words.
My Five is getting better and better at reading short vowel words automatically. Hurray! One of his favorite ways to practice is with our 4-in-a-row games.
You should know something about my Five. He’s cute, but he’s grumpy. While he’d listen to me read books all day long, he’s often resistant when it comes to structured learning time.
Today when I told him it was time to play a reading game, he asked, “Is it a four in a row game?” When I answered yes, he literally jumped in air with his fists raised. “Yay! I love those!!”
High praise from my grumpy guy. 🙂
(Sorry for the dark, blurry pictures today! We don’t have time to do all our activities on the one day we’re expecting sunshine over the next week and a half!)
I’ll keep this quick because you’ve probably seen our four-in-a-row games before. Simply print the game of your choice and grab some Do-a-dot markers, regular markers, or small counters.
Take turns reading words and dotting the words you read.
The first to get four in a row, wins!
We did a big stack of these before we moved on to something else. Here are all the games you’ll get in the download:
- Game 1 – ip words
- Game 2 – ip words with blends and digraphs
- Game 3 – it words
- Game 4 – it words with blends and digraphs
- Game 5 – ick words
- Game 6 – ick words with blends and digraphs
- Game 7 – in words
- Game 8 – in words with blends and digraphs
- Game 9 – id words
- Game 10 – ig words
- Game 11 – ip, it, ick words
- Game 12 – it, id, ig words
- Game 13 – All short i word family words
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Thank you for the amazing resources. I’m using them thankfully!. 🙂
You’re very welcome, Yunlim!
Thank you SO much for sharing these amazing resources. They are fun, easy to use and understand and my kids love them. Thank you, again, for all that you do!
You’re very welcome, Michelle! I’m glad you like them!
Hello. We love your Four in a Row games! Do you have any for short u, or a blank one? I like to use your blank Race to the Pond template to make individualized vocabulary games for my older child, and it would be great to do the same with this game.
Hi Hillary! I don’t have a blank one yet … I will put this on my to do list. I do plan to share the games for short u, also. We are currently launching our online course for K-2 reading teachers, which is taking up all my work time – but I will put this on my list for as soon as I’m able.
A friend and I are working on a pjonemic awareness computer game. I need some guinea pigs and professional critics. Interested? JoBeth
Thank you for asking, JoBeth! However at this phase of life I have to say no to opportunities like this one. My work time is limited, so I have to be very particular about how I spend my time. You might want to reach out to this blogger: http://igamemom.com/
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I use ideas from your blogs in my classroom every year. Absolutely awesome. Thank you for your time and all the effort that you put into your work. This is priceless! I admire your ability to be actively engaged as a wife and mother and to be able to sow seeds of kindness by sharing your talents and ideas into the lives of others. May God’s continued blessings be upon you and your family!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Carolyn! I am very blessed to be able to do this work – I absolutely love it!
I love your work!! I can believe how you carve out time with 7 little ones, all in an perfect naughty age , and yet you get all these brilliant sheets and blogs done!!!
Keep blogging on ! I love love love it!!
Thank you for the encouragement, Jui! 🙂