Long Vowel Teams and Magic e Words!!!
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This activity will help your students with blending and fluency of Long Vowel words. Play it once with your students and it easily becomes one of your students’ favorite independent stations.
In this version, various pictures of Long Vowel words are scattered on the playing mat. Students will need to quickly find the picture that corresponds with the Long Vowel word card that is revealed.
This game is appropriate for no more than four students per playing mat. Students sit one student to each side. There is not ‘right’ side to the mat. It can be set out in any direction. Cards and the mat are laminated and cards are cut apart and stacked face down. I like to review the pictures on the mat one time with the students before playing so they know which each one represents. Place the stack of cards face down in a centrally visible location. You can either have students take turns turning over the playing cards or have a card turner. When the card is turned over, students quickly identify the word (I remind them to do this quietly so another player doesn’t ‘steal’ the word from them.) and then locate that same picture on the playing mat. The first person to point to the correct picture and say “Yatta” (pronounced yacht-ta), gets to keep the card. When all the cards have been played, students count up all their cards to see who has the most. That person gets to be the card turner next. Please note there is a mat for ‘vowel teams’ and another mat for ‘magic e’ words. This will help you differentiate and extend play for this particular pack. To differentiate yatta even more, consider getting the letter/sounds, blends, digraph, CVCC or diphthong versions of this activity.
This product is available in color or black and white. If printing in black and white you can color the pictures on the playing mat yourself or leave them as is. If using this activity with other versions in black and white, I would suggest that for the playing cards, you print them on different colored card stock for easy organization of differentiated materials.
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