March 9, 2012

SyllabiKicks...A syllabication card game!

Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad it is the weekend and I can get lost in the blogs again!

This evening, I wanted to tell you about a new game series I made for my class. It's loosely based on Snowflake Syllables, which my students really enjoyed. I wanted to build upon that game and make one that would serve a couple of purposes--with some cool shoes (great shoes are always in order, right?)!

I know I have mentioned this before in past posts, but since my students are older English Language Learners, we focus a great deal on the parts of words in our spelling, rather than teaching spelling sounds from the beginning primary-age levels. This focus on syllables and the sounds in each word part really helps my students learn and remember the spelling of words closer to their true grade level, regardless of their language/reading level.

So, keeping that in mind, I made a new game series to focus heavily on word features and work on several skills at once.

These games:

  • focus on common spelling categories
  • expand upon these categories using various words, but within the same categories
  • enable students to focus on individual syllable sounds and combine them to build larger words
  • require students to differentiate between similar sounds and choose the correct syllable (Examples: -sion, tion...-gle, -gel, -gal...-dle, -del, -dal)
Here's how it works...All cards are designed to look like playing cards. Each card features one syllable of a particular word.

The numbers on the cards signify how many syllables are within that word.






Cards with the black shoes don't have numbers. They are the ending syllable of each word.

In the example shown to the right, students must decide if the word ends in -sion or -tion.




These games are played much like Go Fish. The cards are distributed and players must ask others for a particular syllable, to help form a word. The player with the most words formed at the end wins.

The -sion, -tion version of this series has 100 cards in all, featuring 30 words (I don't use all of the words within a game because of time restraints...but I do like to offer lots of choices!). We use some of the words in one game, then the rest of the words in another.

Here's a peek at some of the pages included in the -sion, -tion version. I have posted it in my Teacher's Notebook shop for $2.50. If you are interested in seeing more, you can hop over by clicking on the image below.


My class hasn't had the chance to play the -sion, -tion version yet (I can't wait for that one!). We have played another version though: the -al, -el, and -le version!
This version has 60 cards in all, featuring 24 words and is also in my shop. It can be seen by clicking the preview below...
As many of my bloggy friends have done, I would like to offer a game set to the first three readers who leave a comment here. If you would like a free copy of SyllabiKicks, please leave a comment below with the following:

1. Which game you'd like (-sion, -tion endings or -al, -el, -le endings).
2. Your email address so I can send it along.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope to talk to many of you soon around the blogs this weekend!!

45 comments:

  1. I would love this!

    Lisa
    Lnguyen2002@hotmail.com

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  2. I was trying to be fast and forgot to add that I would like the -sion/-tion game. :)

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  3. I would love to use the -al, -el, -le endings game! So cute!!

    Jen
    hellomrssykes(at)gmail(dot)com
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  4. Oh this would be so fabulous for my ELL kiddos! I'd love the -tion/-sion game, as all my third graders could benefit from practicing that sound!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    katherine
    katherine.loiry (at) gmail (dot) com
    Third Grade Teacher Files 

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  5. me oh me
    tara.eiken1@gmail.com

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  6. Ok, poo...I was typing fast too to try and get into the top three:/ That games looks adorable and the shoes are too cute!!! Awesome job Kristen:)

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  7. Oh darn, I just missed it. This would have been perfect for my 4th grade struggling readers.
    jjn2home@yahoo.com

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  8. This looks great! Love the shoes...they totally look like Chucks! :)

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  9. Soooo jealous that I missed it!!!! Would be perfect to help my kids with syllable review right before our big test next week!!! :( I wish I could have the -sion, -tion version!!!!

    Oh well!!! Loooove all of the things you share with us!!!


    Liza C
    lizacteach@gmail.com

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  10. I just purchased both of your syllable games and I am SO excited to use them with some of my high first graders. I just started using REWARDS...Have you ever tried it????

    Katie
    TwoCanDoIt.Blogspot.com
    ReadingResource.net

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    1. Oh thank you so much Katie!! I would love to know what you think about them. I haven't used REWARDS before, is it a spelling program? Thanks again! :)

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  11. Hi! New to blogging here! A little overwhelmed but just love your stuff and plan to follow! Thanks for being an awesome inspiration!
    Brittney
    thefirstgradebuzzbc

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  12. These look awesome! I love the idea.

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  13. These look awesome! I love the idea.

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  14. Darn! Missed it :( Wonderful idea...thank you for sharing.

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  15. Kristen you rock. :) It looks fab. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Ms. M

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  16. Looks amazing!!! I bet your kids LOVE playing it!
    Have a great weekend!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  17. You make the CUTEST stinking units!!!!! It's a gift! I'm envious of your designing talents :)

    Hope you have a great weekend!!!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

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  18. Looks Great! Love the idea for older ESL students....definitely going to purchase them....too bad I wasn't quick enough to win a set.....Thanks for all your great work!

    Lisa
    pebblz708@aol.com

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  19. Hi, I was watching one of your tutorials about numbering post on comments it didn't seem to work for me. I know that blogger has added a response to comments which may throw the numbering off but is there another way that I can add numbering to my comments?

    Pocket Full of Kinders

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  20. I would love the -sion/-tion game! This is perfect for my students! Thank you!

    Kristen

    Kabrooks23@gmail.com

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  21. I would love the -sion/-tion game! You are one of my favorite bloggers!!!! You give me ideas and motivate me ! Thanks!
    sharon.washington96@yahoo.com

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  22. Hello! Thanks for sharing it! I would like -sion/-tion version. Thanks in advance!

    annabelitis@hotmail.com

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  23. I would love sion/tion!
    Thanks,
    Melissa

    poiisen@aol.com

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  24. New to your blog. Love your stuff. I would like -al,-el,-le endings.
    tracybarnett123@yahoo.com
    God Bless.

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  25. tion/sion would be awesome. These are great thank you...
    jbollman8@yahoo.com

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  26. Hi I would like to see... need new ideas to be implemented for RTI...


    bafonso@tufsd.org

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  27. I would love the ion/tion game.
    Here's my email:
    akboone@gmail.com
    Thanks so much!
    Alison

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  28. tion/sion and al/el/le would both be fab if possible? Thank you! Fab site :-)

    mad_mick90@hotmail.com

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  29. I would love to use the -sion , -tion ending game with the kids in my class . I work with dyslexic kids.

    1965lwm@gmail.com

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  30. I would love to use the -sion , -tion ending game with the kids in my class . I work with dyslexic kids.

    1965lwm@gmail.com

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  31. I would love the -sion and -tion ending game. My 8th graders will enjoy it just as much as the younger ones.
    Thanks so much!
    Adelyn
    elliott_a@dragon.k12.pa.us

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  32. I would love all of the games! I teach k-12

    michelle.rowles@aiu3.net

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  33. kforeman@plato.k12.mo.us

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  34. I'm a reading therapist and would love a copy of the -tion/-sion game, unless I could get both!!!!

    lkbock@sbcglobal.net
    Lindsay

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  35. Just discovered your blog. Fantastic ideas. Cute graphics. I would love a copy of your Syllabikicks card game! ckidd@nmusd.us

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  36. Am I too late to get this?? Would love ALL of this game if possible. You do a fantastic job here. I'm new and loving it.
    kirsty81@live.com.au

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  37. Wow! These are great!!! Not sure if I am too late for these either but I would love a copy of your game as well!! I am also new to your blog but will be absolutely sure to sing your praises!!! :)
    Mrsmilberg@gmail.com

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  38. Amazing! And fun!!!! I would love both the games
    daniellesilveira@sbcglobal.net
    you are amazing

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  39. LoVe your blog! I would like both please :)

    Thank YOU!

    Kelly

    brophke79@aol

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  40. I am following you because I am trying CAFE this year. Very excited. I would love both of these games since we are also using the new Common Core standards and have to teach syllables and phonics. reardencaroline@hotmail.com
    Love your blog!!!!
    Thanks for all you offer!
    Caroline

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  41. I hope it is not too late to order both games. Please contact me at azucker@wcpss.net. Thank You!!

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  42. I'm sorry, the games were just for the first three to respond!

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