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# Itâ€™s Game Time: Multisyllabic Words with R-Controlled Vowels

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Students will be able to identify, read, and create multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowels.

(5 minutes)
• Write the vowels A,E, I, O, and U on the board.
• Call on students to make both the long and short sounds for each vowel.
• Then add an R next to each vowel. Tell students that when a vowel is followed by an R the vowel no longer makes the long or short vowel sound. Instead, it makes a new sound. These are called R-controlled vowels.
• Model for the students how to pronounce each new vowel combination: ar, er, ir, or, and ur. Point out that er, ir, and ur all make the same ur sound as in "fur."
(10 minutes)
• Ask students to brainstorm a list of words that have the R-controlled vowel combination.
• Write studentsâ€™ ideas on the board.
• Tell students that today they are going to focus on multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowel combinations.
• Tell students that multisyllabic words are words with more than one syllable.
• Look through the studentsâ€™ brainstormed list and ask students to identify whether or not any of these words are multisyllabic.
(10 minutes)
• Write ar, er, ir, or, and ur at the top of chart paper.
• Ask students to brainstorm a list of multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowel combinations and write their ideas under each heading.
• Write the world garlic on the board. Tell students that this word has two syllables and two vowels. Since the R follows the A, the ar should stay together in the same syllable. Therefore, garlic is divided as gar/lic.
• Call on students to come to the chart paper and practice dividing the multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowels on their brainstormed list.
• Tell students that they should use this technique of breaking up a word by its syllables if they need assistance decoding a word.
(20 minutes)
• Tell students that they will be using multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowels to create and play their own board games.
• Show students the Multisyllabic Words with R-Controlled Vowels Board Game template and instruct them to fill in the blank squares with one multisyllabic word that has an R-controlled vowel.
• Once they are done completing the board game, tell them to find a partner and take turns playing each otherâ€™s game.
• Refer students to the instructions at the top of the board game page if they have questions about how to play the game.

Support:

• For students who need extra support, give them the option to write single syllable words with R-controlled vowels on their board game or give them the board game with the multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowels already filled into each of the blank squares so that the students can focus on reading the words.
• Use the worksheet Word Sort: Multisyllabic Words with R-Controlled Vowels for students to get extra practice with this skill.

Enrichment:

• For students who need an extra challenge, ask them to fill in each blank square on their board game with a sentence containing a multisyllabic words with an R-controlled vowel as opposed to a single word.
• For advanced students, connect two board games so that the students are challenged to think of more multisyllabic words with R-controlled vowels.
(10 minutes)
• Call students to the rug and have them sit in a circle.
• Distribute the Multisyllabic Words with R-Controlled Vowels: Stand Up! sorting cards and give one card to each student.
• Ask students to sit in a circle.
• Hold up one of the R-controlled vowel combination signs and have students make the sound of this vowel combination.
• Instruct the students holding a word card containing this vowel combination to stand up. Ask each of the students who stand up to read their word aloud.
• Collect the cards, mix them up, and repeat.
(5 minutes)
• Distribute one small strip of paper to each student.
• Tell students these are exit slips and they must write their name along with one multisyllabic word with an R-controlled vowel on this slip.
• Students will attach their slip to a classmatesâ€™ strip to create one long classroom word chain for the students to continue to add to throughout the week.

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