10 Tips for Using Reading Games in the Classroom

  1. Challenge that student who always finishes in-class assignments first. Have him or her race through a 60 second game with our Word Whiz Electronic Flash Card™ while other students are completing assignments. Perfect for solo play, make as many 3-, 4- and 5- letter words as you can. Irresistible!

  2. Use comprehension games like Get the Picture™ Reading Comprehension Game to activate background knowledge or to introduce new information.

  3. 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.

  4. Research shows that language acquisition occurs fastest from peer interaction, so why not encourage positive interactions with a game? Riddle Moo This™ - A Silly Riddle Game helps build vocabulary and advanced play involves critical thinking and expressive language skills.

  5. Students apply word-building and letter recognition through challenging, team games like Wild Word Adventure™ Early Language Game. Use for free time or as an impromptu activity to practice rhyming and spelling.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. Reading Rods® Word for Word® Phonics Game incorporates movement as students physically create a variety of word combinations.

  9. 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).

  10. 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!