Great phonics games for differentiation No. 1

At present we are working with Yr1 teachers on phonics teaching.  As a result of this project we have asked the teachers to share with us the best games or activities that they have found for whole class/group teaching which allows for differentiation and therefore all to take part.  Over the next few weeks we will be collecting these examples and sharing them.

Here is one to get us started.  As you will see, they are usually based on games/activities we all know but adapted in some way.  This one is called Matching with Meaning and is based on the matching pictures and sentences activity.  It’s purpose is to ensure that children are not just decoding the words but focusing on meaning through linking the text and images so I try not to make all the images too literal.  It is an activity for the apply part of a phonics session.

You will need a range of words, captions or sentences for the children to read .  I usually try to use 3for each pair of children  but it will depend upon the reading speed of your class.  The differentiation is found in terms of the amount of text that you give a child or pair to read and the phase from which it comes.  Some children at the very beginning of phase 2 will have 3 words, those in phase 5 will have 3 sentences using the phonemes they are working on and anything  in between these two that is needed.

On the whiteboard, images are shown that link to the words, captions and sentences that the children have and when they have something that links with the image they stand up and read it to the class.  There are some interesting discussions when more than one pair stand up because then the class need to decide if they are both right or not.

You will find the resources for this activity here.

What’s your favourite activity that allows for differentiation for the whole class?



2 Responses to “Great phonics games for differentiation No. 1”

  1.   jojoincharge Says:

    Thank you very much for this sharing of effective learning strategies and tasks. It’s a great way to use the blog and share what works well on a wider scale. We’ll certainly be using these ideas. Thank you!

  2.   Joy Simpson Says:

    Thanks Jo. We have more to come as we are still learning a lot from our teaching of phonics this year.

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