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Shake and Roll Vowels

In this lesson, students pair up to play an educational dice game. By finding words and sorting them based on their vowel sounds, young learners will have fun while practicing their reading skills.
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Students will be able to find and sort words by distinguishing their short or long vowel sounds.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell the class we will be playing a dice game with vowel sounds.
  • Review the different long vowel sounds.
  • Review the different short vowel sounds.
  • Introduce the concept of a column, or vertical section. Contrast it with a row.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask a volunteer to assist you in showing the class the Shake and Roll Vowel game.
  • Give the helper and yourself the long and short vowel sheets, books, magazines, newspaper, dice, and pencils. The shorter person goes first.
  • Read aloud the directions from the worksheet.
  • Have your helper roll the dice and look through the books, magazines, and newspapers to find a word that will fit the correct column the die has landed on. Make sure they say the word out loud and point out the long or short vowel sound in the word.
  • Have your helper write the word in the column, then take your turn.
(15 minutes)
  • Pair up the students.
  • Make sure each student has a pencil and a hard surface to write on.
  • Give each pair of students a few books, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Pass out the Shake and Roll sheets.
  • Have students start playing the Shake and Roll Vowel game.
  • Circulate to assist struggling students.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to write a complete sentence on the back of each paper using one or more of the words they found.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write a paragraph or short story using some of the words they found.
  • Support: Cut and paste some words from newspapers and magazines onto sheets of paper. Give these sheets to students who need extra support.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe students as they work, and assess their understanding based on how they play the game.
  • Collect the worksheets after the activity. Review them later for further assessment.
(10 minutes)
  • Allow students to read aloud their sentences or short stories.

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