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How To Make Spelling Fun With Phonics Games

Phonics games are a fun and engaging way to help your students revise and practice words during spelling time. A couple of fun phonics games you can try with your…

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

Phonics games are a fun and engaging way to help your students revise and practice words during spelling time. A couple of fun phonics games you can try with your students are spin a word board games and cootie catchers (sometimes called chatterboxes or fortune tellers).

Whether you are teaching your students CVC words, digraphs or alternative spellings for particular sounds, phonics games are a fantastic way to practice and keep kids motivated and excited.

Spin a word phonics games

This board game is super easy to play and requires minimal work to set up. To play the spin a word games you will need:

  • A laminated copy of the game board (or you could place the board in a plastic sleeve)
  • Paperclip and pencil to make a spinner
  • 2 different colored dry erase markers

Each student takes a turn to spin a word, read the word and then write it on the grid. The winner is the first player to get four words in a row in any direction.

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

You can use these phonics games for:

  • Independent practice in class. Rather than students taking turns, they can spin a word and use the grid to practice writing and spelling their words.
  • Part of a literacy station. Once students know how to play the game you can use them at a literacy station for partner work.
  • Home practice and consolidation. If you have students who need some extra practice at home, copy the appropriate board and they can play the game with their family for consolidation of skills.

100+ spin a word phonics games

Keep spelling fun and easy for you. The Spin A Word Phonics Games Bundle gives you more than 100 different game boards that cover many of the sounds and their different spellings.

Set A covers the following sounds and spellings:

Sound /ae/, Spellings: ay, ea, a-e, ai, ai, eigh, ei
Sound /ee/, Spellings: e, ea, y, ee, ey, ie
Sound /oe/, Spellings: o, oa, ow, o-e, oe
Sound /er/, Spellings: er, ir, or, ur, ear
Sound /e/, Spellings: e, ea, ai

Set B includes the sounds and spellings:

Sound /ow/, Spellings: ou, ow
Sound m/oo/n, Spellings: oo, ew, ue, u-e, o, ui, u
Sound /ie/, Spellings: i, ie, y, i-e, igh
Sound b/oo/k, Spellings: oo, u, oul
Sound /u/, Spellings: u, ou, o, oo

Set C contains the sounds and spellings:

Sound /s/, Spellings: s, ss, st, c, ce, se, sc
Sound /l/, Spellings: l, ll, al, el, il, le, ol
Sound /or/, Spellings: or, aw, a, ar, au, al
Sound /air/, Spellings: air, are, ear, ere, eir, ayer, ayor
Sound /ue/, Spellings: ue, ew, u, u-e

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

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Cootie catchers for engaging phonics games

Who doesn’t love this classic game? I’ve taken the classic children’s game: cootie catchers and combined them with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. My kids have been enjoying using them as a way for us to review words and sounds that we’ve worked on in the past.

You can use cootie catchers in many ways including:

  • Independent practice in class
  • Small group work
  • Part of a literacy station
  • Review and remediation
  • Home practice and consolidation

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

3 reasons to love cootie catchers

If you haven’t used cootie catchers in your classroom before and wonder what they’re all about, here are 3 reasons I love them:

  • Cootie catchers are great for simple, but fun, review. It feels more like a game than additional practice for kids.
  • They are best used in pairs but can be used for individual work as well.
  • They don’t require much time. Have 5 minutes between other activities? Need something to occupy fast finishers? Cootie catchers are a great option.

Given the multiple ways to use them and the fun students have, you can never have too many cootie catchers!

100+ phonics cootie catchers

Imagine having cootie catchers that covered CVC words, consonant blends, digraphs and multiple spellings for one sound. The Phonics Cootie Catcher Bundle gives you more than 100 different cootie catchers for use with your K–2 students.

Pack 1 – CVC words

This pack includes 15 different cootie catchers split into five sets of words, where each set introduces new sounds/letters.

Set 1: a, i, m, n, o, p, s, t

Set 2: b, c, g, h

Set 3: d, e, f, v

Set 4: k, l, r, u

Set 5: j, w, x, y, z

Pack 2 – VCC, CVCC, CCVC words

This pack includes 16 different cootie catchers split into two sets of words.

Set 1: VCC and CVCC words

Set 2: VCC and CCVC words

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

Pack 3 – CVCCC, CCVCC, CCCVC, CCVCCC, CCCVCC words

This pack includes 18 different cootie catchers split into four sets of words.

Set 1: CCVCC words

Set 2: CVCCC and CCCVC words

Set 3: CCVCC and CCVCCC words

Set 4: CCVCC, CVCCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students. Here are some phonics board games and cootie catchers.

Pack 4 – digraphs

This pack includes 14 different cootie catchers split into eight sets of words, where each one focuses on one digraph.

Set 1: sh

Set 2: ch

Set 3: ck

Set 4: th

Set 5: ng

Set 6: qu

Set 7: wh

Set 8: le

Pack 5 – Set A

This pack includes 26 different cootie catchers in color and black and white for eight different sets of words/sounds. Each set contains words that have the sound focus.

Sound /ae/, Spellings: ay, ea, a-e, ai, a, eigh, ei
Sound /ee/, Spellings: e, ea, y, ee, ey, ie
Sound /oe/, Spellings: o, oa, ow, o-e, oe
Sound /er/, Spellings: er, ir, or, ur, ear
Sound /e/, Spellings: e, ea
Sound /ow/, Spellings: ou, ow
Sound /oo/, Spellings: oo, ew, ue, u-e, ui
Sound /ie/, Spellings: i, ie, y, i-e, igh

Pack 6 – Set B

This pack includes 29 different cootie catchers in color for seven different sets of words/sounds. Each set contains words that have the sound focus.

Sound b/oo/k, Spellings: oo, u, oul
Sound /u/, Spellings: u, o, ou, oo
Sound /s/, Spellings: s, ss, st, c, ce, se, sc
Sound /l/, Spellings: l, ll, al, el, il, le, ol
Sound /or/, Spellings: or, aw, a, ar, au, al
Sound /air/, Spellings: air, are, ear, ere, eir, ayer, ayor
Sound /ue/, Spellings: ue, ew, u, u-e

If you’d like to try these out for free, then click here to pick up a FREE sample.

You save 30% when you buy the bundle instead of individual packs! Grab your Phonics Cootie Catcher Bundle now.

Using phonics games to help teach reading and spelling is a great way to engage your students and is a perfect way to review and practice words and sounds. If you're looking for fun and easy phonics games and activities for your elementary classroom then this is the place for you. Suitable for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, these games are really popular with my students...try them out today. #literacy #spelling #phonics #teacherresources #kindergarten #1stgrade #2ndgrade #3rdgrade

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