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Mastering Short Vowels with Games

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Phonics is probably my favorite subject to teach! English is SUCH a hard language and phonics gives children a chance to connect these tricky sounds to something! Because I teach phonics in some capacity each day, I like to mix it up!
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You may have found some new Phonics Ideas over in my Short Vowel Savvy post!

Today, I’m sharing how I use phonics games to give students a chance to practice those sounds as much as possible!

Shutterfly Puzzles

Are you the Shutterfly’s email list? If you are, you’ll notice they send you emails all the time for free goodies! Well, one day I got an email for a FREE puzzle. I racked my brain for how I could turn this freebie offer into a classroom tool!

Ta-da! Short Vowel Puzzles! I did have to pay for the shipping {around $7, I think} but look how amazing it is!

The amazing thing about Shutterfly is that they always have sales! So even if you can’t score the puzzles for free…you can certainly get a great deal on it!

Short Vowel Puzzles from Lucky to Be in First | Upload high-res photo to Shutterfly and create a puzzle for students to complete!

Click the picture to snag the high-resolution photos to add to Shutterfly.  Then, you just simply drop the photo into your project! You can choose between a 60 and 252 piece puzzle.  We don’t have all year to put them together, so I opted for the 60 piece 🙂Short Vowel Puzzles from Lucky to Be in First | Upload high-res photo to Shutterfly and create a puzzle for students to complete!

The kids L•O•V•E these puzzles!

Phonics Dominoes

love these dominoes! Super easy to prep {just print, laminate, then cut – laminate first to save a step!} and pop into a Center or Daily 5 activity bucket!

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As with any phonics activity, it’s important to review the pictures & words before you begin.  Often, a lot of these words are new to your little people! If you review the words as you introduce the game, they will not bug you {as much!} during the activity!

Short Vowel Memory Games!

The latest craze to hit my classroom is our Short Vowel Memory games! Again, using the coupons Shutterfly sends me, I’ve created a Memory Game for each short vowel!

Short U Memory Game using Shutterfly Puzzles by Lucky to Be in First

Using the “Upload Your Own” option, you can drop up to 12 pictures into the project.  Since this game comes with 24 cards, you basically get two memory games for the price of one!
Short Vowel Memory Game using Shutterfly Puzzles by Lucky to Be in FirstYou have a few different options for the “back” of the game, so make sure to switch it up for each design so that you can easily keep track of game pieces!

Want to make your own? Grab the high-res pictures HERE!

Please note: these memory pieces were created with special permission from Sarah of Educlips.  You may not use these high-resolution images for any purpose other than this memory game or you will be in violation of my Terms of Use. 

Dice-Dice Baby Games

These games aren’t limited to vowels {the bundle includes ALL of the important phonics sounds!} but these are a huge hit around these parts.  I love that kids can play on their own or with a group.

They’re also self-checking on the backside, so kids can be completely independent!

Short Vowel Word Work Mats by Lucky to Be in First

Want to learn more about Dice Dice Baby? Read all about it HERE!

A few other phonics games…

I keep these low-prep clip cards, puzzles, and short vowel spelling cards hanging in our Daily 5 area so kids can easily grab and get to work! You can find all of these activities inside these phonics packs!

Short Vowel Games. Easy to Prep & Play!

I think the more you shove in their face expose students to words, they really do start to pick it up!

Slainte!

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