Games are a fun way to help kids get extra practice on a new skill. When played with a partner they’re also excellent for helping kids learn to take turns and win/lose gracefully. CVC word games are a playful way to help kids learn to read three letter words and apply early phonics skills. This Short A CVC Board Game is a great no-prep way to learn to read short vowel words fluently. You can use these in preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms depending on your kids’ readiness for the skill.
Over the next few months I’ll also be sharing similar phonics board games for additional short vowel CVC words. Once kids learn how to play the game they can easily play the other variations, saving you time teaching “how” to play and allowing kids more time to get engaging skill practice.
MATERIALS AND SETUP
This game requires no prep or setup, so kids can start playing right away!
The only materials you will need to gather are your printed game boards and your game pawns of choice! Mini erasers, counting bears, and small toys work well as DIY game pawns. You can also grab an inexpensive set of game pawns to have on hand if you prefer.
HOW TO PLAY
This game can be played either independently or with a partner.
On their turn, students will roll a number cube.
Then have them move forward that many spaces and read the words on each space as the piece is moved forward on the board.
To add in additional writing practice players can record the words they land on using the optional recording sheet. I recommend laminating this page and using dry erase markers if you’d like to make the recording sheet reusable.
Players will play until they reach the last space on the board or beyond. Players do not have to get the exact number to finish on the last space.
If you’re looking for a way to extend the activity, once all the players are finished, you can have kids read their own recording sheet again.
This is great fluency practice and is perfect for early finishers.
TIP: The recording sheet can be reused for multiple rounds of the game so that kids finish with a longer list of CVC words to practice. This is also a way to use less paper if you are not laminating the sheets.
More Ways to Practice CVC Words
- Free Printable CVC Word Game-Mixed Vowels
- Free Printable Mixed Vowels CVC Word Building Mat
- Frog Hop Blending Words Activity
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