My beginning reader loved this set of games for learning to read short a words. We think your learners will like them too!
21 Games for reading short a words
How to play
- Print the game board of your choice (use the Table of the Contents so you don’t have to scroll through the file to find what you want!)
- Grab two Do-a-Dot markers or a set of pair of crayons or markers in two different colors. Power magnets work if you put the game on a magnetic baking sheet.
- Take turns reading a word on the board. Dot, color, or cover it.
- Whoever gets four in a row first, wins!
We started with the “at” board because this is a word family he knows really well. Since the whole board features just words that end with at, your child gets a lot of practice reading the same words over and over again. Let’s hear it for automaticity!
We practiced “am” words too.
Many of the boards come with a second game featuring the same word family – but this time, they add words with beginning digraphs (such as sh, ch, th, and wh) or beginning blends (such as sw, sp, pl, and tr).
We played a few games before my little learner was ready to be done.
Another day, we pulled out the games again. This time we also used a game that reviewed three word families all at once. You’ll also find two games in the download that review all the short a words.
Enjoy this fun way to practice reading short a words!
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Phonics Games – Four in a Row – Level 1- CVC – Blends – Digraphs
This set includes 28 games for CVC words, blends, digraphs, and more!
I am from South Africa and I am teaching hearing impaired learners. Grade 2 and 3. I absolutely love your resources. The visual aspect are very important when teaching my learners and you absolutely meet the requirements! You make my work easy and I would like to thank you for all your time and effort.
Thank you so much for your encouragement, Anje! It means a lot!
I just stumbled upon your site and I love the resources that I have seen so far! This game is perfect for my daughter and motivates her to keep going and push through any frustration she has in order to get her dot on the card. Thanks.
I’m so glad to hear that this resource worked for your daughter, Tara!
Anna i’m not sure if you know it yet, but you are Godsent. i’ve been searching for the right materials to teach phonics to my ESL students, and these get the job done. keep up the good work.
Thank you, Crystal, that’s wonderful to hear!
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Thank you for your kind comment, Jennifer! Thankfully I am able to make a full time income while still giving most of my resources away for free. I’m so thankful God is blessing my work here – it’s an absolutely joy!