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10 Tips For Using Reading Games In The Classroom


Challenge that student who always finishes in-class assignments first.  Have him or her race through the 6 different word puzzles of Alphaball™ Electronic Word Game while other students are completing assignments.  Perfect for solo or paired play, each activity is a word-recognition and spelling test disguised as an arcade game.  Irresistible!


Use comprehension games like Reading Roadway USA™ to activate background knowledge or to introduce new information.  Imagine how much easier it will be to learn about westward expansion or the Civil War in social studies when students have already “traveled” through these states in play!


Word walls getting overlooked?  Bet they’ll remember sight words when they’re looking for them on a Sight Words Bingo card.  In fact, you can address lots of literacy skills at small-group bingo stations.  Younger children can play Alphabet Bingo.  Children in ELL, Spanish-language or bilingual classrooms can play Simple Spanish Bingo. 


Research shows that language acquisition occurs fastest from peer interaction, so why not encourage positive interactions with a game?  Herd of Words™ creates a level playing field and common ground for emergent readers in any language, and provides a fun means of differentiated instruction.


Students apply word-building and problem-solving strategies through challenging, fast-paced team games like A Bee C Buzz™.  Use for free time or as an impromptu activity to practice synthesis and creative thinking. 


Whole-class word games and spelling bees can instantly fill an empty 10-minute window.  Keep score and use points as motivators for classroom management, for choosing line leaders, or to earn extra recess minutes.


Take the pressure off an upcoming grammar test by using Go to Press!™ A Grammar Game as a study tool.  Reviewing punctuation, capitalization, spelling and word usage skills has never been so entertaining, and in the end, everyone is a winner. 


For kinesthetic learners, games with manipulatives really make an impression.  Word endings are easier to form when the letters jump off the page and into a child’s hand.  Words on My Mind™ Word Building Game incorporates movement as students physically create a variety of word combinations.


Creating a safe, relaxing environment encourages risk-taking.  Spanish speakers gain confidence from phonics matching with ¡Mèzclalas!™ (Mix it Up!), advance to syllable recognition with Mar de sílabas™ (Sea of Syllables), and succeed in sentence building with ¡Oraciones divertidas!™ (Silly Sentences).


When picking classroom games, look for ones that target multi-leveled skills, be sure that there is an element of chance to keep it fair, and ideally, choose games that require little direct teacher supervision.  Most of all, remember, when learning is fun, more students will do it!

Visit LearningResources.com/correlations to find games that meet specific state, provincial, national and grade-level standards.

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