Online Games That Help Students With Phonics and Spelling
Students practice phonics and spelling concepts they’re learning as they play online games. These interactive games provide opportunities for students to match letters to pictures of objects illustrating their sounds, identify rhymes, sort words according to vowel pattern, and spell words, for example. They provide engaging practice opportunities because the colorful screen displays, sound effects, fast-paced action, and feedback about game performance grab students’ attention, maintain their enthusiasm, and scaffold their learning (Chamberlain, 2005; Kinzer, 2005).
Teachers choose games based on concepts they’re teaching and students’ achievement levels. Teachers preview the games and bookmark those they want to use, and then students use the bookmarks to quickly access the game they’ll play at the computer center. They play the games individually or with partners. Because most young children are experienced game- players and because many games have tutorial features, teachers don’t have to spend much time introducing them, but it’s helpful to have a parent-volunteer or older student available to assist when there are problems.
Here are some suggested websites with phonics and spelling games:
Game Goo: Learning That Sticks
Visit the Game Goo website to play games to practice letter recognition, phonics, synonym, antonym, and spelling concepts. The fast-action games are divided into three levels of difficulty.
Check this mega-website with links to alphabet, phonics, and spelling games at other websites. Although hundreds of literacy- related games can be accessed through this site, Gamequarium is only a portal, so the quality of the games and computer requirements vary.
Play games and view video clips from the popular PBS series “Between the Lions,” “Sesame Street,” Reading Rainbow,” “Word World,” and “Super Why!” to learn letters of the alphabet, rhyming words, phonics, and spelling concepts.
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