5 - A Phonics Game for Exploring the Sounds and Wordlist for oa, ow, ie, igh
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- Change 5 - oa, ow, ie, igh
early literacy game that aims to help emergent readers familiarise
themselves with the phonetic sounds of oa,
ow, ie & igh. Feel free to print it out, play it and
found in this game...
Print the cards, laminate them if possible and cut them out.
Two, three or four players sit so they are facing each other.
2. Select a dealer to shuffle the cards and give five cards to each
member of the group, as well as themselves.
3. Place all the remaining cards in a pile face down in the centre.
Next flip one card off the top of this pile and place it face up next
to the stack.
4. The dealer reads the card by pronouncing the sound of the letters
marked in red and then the word e.g. If the card is 'coast' the dealer
says, ' oa like in coast.' If the card is ' slow' the dealer says,
' ow like in slow'.
5. The children then look at their cards and take their turn moving
to the left around the circle. If they have cards with the same sound
as the one turned over by the dealer they can place one on top of
the pile by saying ' oa like in boat' or ' oa like in coast '.
6. If they do not have a match in their hand they pick up a card from
the facedown pile.
If the card they pick up is a match they can put it straight down,
if not, they place it in their hand and the next player has a turn.
7. If the player does not have a match but has a CHANGE card in their
hand they can change the sound being matched i.e. if say they had
the cards ' dried, cried and fried ' they would place down their CHANGE
card and say "I'd like to change it to ' ie like in cried'".
All the following players must match for ie.
8. The person who is the first to have no cards left is the winner.
NB The power of this game as a learning tool
comes from having the children say 'o like in boat' when playing.
Please ensure they keep doing it throughout the learning sessions.
The rules of this game are included in the printed version for your
a special thank you has to go out to Billy Reid of Northern Ireland
for helping in the creation of the content of this webpage.