How to Play
This game works best when played in a small group of four students. That way, the students will have enough physical space to sit around the board comfortably.
Students take the penny and first learn to spin it. Model how to spin the penny. This is very exciting for younger students to learn how to do, and requires some fine motor skill and coordination. You may want to have a penny for each student to practice with as young children may become impatient waiting for a classmate to practice. Once the students have had ample time to practice spinning the penny, let the game begin!
Students take turns spinning one penny on the board. Whichever letter the penny lands on, the student says the beginning sound of the letter aloud. For example, if the coin lands on the letter B, then the student says the "b" sound. Next, the student brainstorms a list of words that begin with the letter B. As many words as he or she can think of should be considered enough (other students will naturally chime in, which is OK too). Older students can turn the game into a spelling bee.
Extend the Activity:
Give students a sheet of paper and a pencil and direct them to sound out the words and print them. If they cannot, just have them print the beginning sound. Encourage them to draw a picture of the word. This is great phonics practice and word practice for beginner readers. Before you know it, they have created their own mini-dictionaries of the letter sounds.
For Older or Advanced Students:
Set a timer for these students and turn it into a game of Boggle. How many words can you write down (spelled correctly) that begin with the letter in one minute? Another variation is, how many words can you rhyme with that beginning letter sound in one minute? So, if the student lands on B- he or she thinks of a word that begins with letter B and any words which rhyme with the letter B word in a minute. For example, he or she names the word bat- then the list of rhyming words begins - bat, cat, sat, mat and so forth.
- Change the rules of the game to ending sounds
- Change the board to digraphs
- Change the board to word families