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Irregular Word Fluency, Around the World

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Activity Type: Build Fluency
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1, 2
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 10 minutes
Materials: Irregular word index cards (print them here)
Goal: Given a printed irregular word, the student can say its sound with automaticity (was -> "was")
Items: All irregular words learned so far

What to do

  1. Before introducing the game, print all irregular words covered in class on sturdy index cards. If possible, laminate all cards. Shuffle index cards and place them in a stack.
  2. Now, you are going to play a game. Two people will stand up and I will show them a card with a word printed on it. The first person to read the word correctly is the winner.
  3. Demonstrate how to play. Ask two children who sit next to each other to stand up. Count to three, and then show them a word card. Good, ___ is the winner. The person who reads the card correctly moves on to the next person. The other person must sit down.
  4. Continue around the room until everyone has had a chance to read a card. When a child loses, he must sit in the seat of the person to whom he lost.
  5. The student who makes it the furthest around the room is the winner.
  6. Observe students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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