A simple concentration game was made with cards and stickers. A pack of plain cards were divided in half. Half the cards were made with a letter on each one and the other half with a picture of something, usually cut out of a beginning sounds workbook, which would begin with one of the letters. Two different stickers were found that went together, such as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Then Mickey Mouse was on the back of each letter card and Minnie Mouse on the back of each picture card. Then all cards were placed down with Minnie and Mickey facing up. A child would pick up a Minnie and a Mickey card to see if they matched. If so, she kept the cards and if not, replaced them. Another way cards were made was to use the same sticker on every card but the letter cards were a different color than the picture cards. So a child would pick up two cards, each a different color. The winner, of course, when all cards were gone, was the one with the most cards.
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After determining the number of sounds to be learned, using blank cards, a picture was pasted on each one. The pictures could be cut out of a beginning sounds workbook. In my combined first and second grade, beginning sounds were divided into three groups. Players could use one pack until proficient, then use the second pack, and finally the third one. However, as their skill increased two or three packs would be used for one game.
To play the game, each card in the pack was placed on a table or rug with the picture side up. A small marker, such as a lima bean, was placed on each card. During a child’s turn, she would point to the beginning sound of a picture on a card and if correct, would take the lima bean. Her play continued until she couldn’t remember any more. Then she counted her lima beans and marked her score on a piece of paper. Her beans were replaced on each blank card. While her partner took his turn, her attention was apt to be focused on his responses to try and remember more when it was her turn again. I’m retired now but my favorite classes were combined first and second grades. The first graders loved this game and chose to play it over and over again.
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In my combined first and second grade, a favorite game for beginning readers to learn initial sounds was one using real objects. Cardboard trays were found at the supermarket and one tray was used for each consonant sound. Six or seven letters were used at a time. So for instance, for letters b, s, t, l, r, m, and z, there were trays lined up, each one with one letter printed at the top of each tray. A Ziploc bag contained real objects that would start with one of the letters on a tray. So, in the bag there might be a pair of scissors, a block, a small package of macaroni, a dog bone, a toothbrush, a bell, a small replica of a menu, etc. Four or five objects for each tray were in the bag. As each object was taken out of the bag, the letter name and sound would be spoken and placed in the correct tray. After all the objects were placed, the child would pick up each one, name it, and place it back in the bag.
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