Three Legged Compound Word Race
In second grade, kids work hard to "sound out" new words as they build up their reading vocabulary. Sometimes, it’s easy; other times, more challenging…and if you’re new reader, having a few patterns up your sleeve can really help things along. One very useful tool is understanding “compound words”—long words that are really made from two shorter, familiar ones, combined.
Here’s a goofy party or park game for a bunch of second grade kids who are learning to read long words. Play it once, play it many times—it should still be good for learning and laughs.
What You Need:
- 16 yellow 5" x 8" index cards
- 16 blue 5" x 8" index cards
- Hole puncher
- String or yarn
- Stretchy rag or tie for tying kids’ legs for the race
- Flat, open space for a relay race
- Bunch of wiggly second graders (and any extra early reader friends hanging around)