March 10, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Connect Four with a Learn to Read Spin

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is the classic Connect Four with an added learn to read ‘spin’. Correctly read the word on the card and place your game piece into the grid. First one to get four of their game pieces in a row – wins!

Setup for Connect Four with a Learn to Read Spin is easy peasy. Create a deck of cards for each phonogram/ word on your list. Once you’re done creating the card deck, you’re ready to play!

Decide which color game pieces each player gets and who goes first. Then let the games begin!

Connect Four with a Learn to Read Spin

What you need:
– classic Connect Four game, digital version, or make a 6×7 grid out of graph paper.
– current phonograms list, word/skill list (e.g. for children working on cvc words – hat, cat, bit, bib…), etc..
– card stock or index cards
– checkers, game chips, or 2 different colored markers (you only need one of these type of game pieces/player markers if you use a paper game board)

Write one letter/word from your list onto a piece of card stock or index card to create card deck.

The object:
Be the 1st player to connect four of your chips in a straight or diagonal line.

Number of Players:
2 or more (can divide players into 2 teams)

How to play:
Decide who goes first; I always let my students go first. Pull a card from the top of the stack. Player reads the word on the card. When the player reads the word correctly they get to place their game piece into the grid. First person to connect four of the game pieces either up, across, or diagonal wins!

Don’t limit yourself one word type or pattern!
– use picture cards (i.e images of a bat, car, bike, butterfly etc..) and have your child call out the beginning letter sound, have them tell you which vowel is the word , etc.
– use words that alternate the “Silent e” pattern and matching cvc word (eg. tap and tape – each word gets their own card)
– use multisyllabic words or picture cards, have them tell you how many syllables are in the word
– use syllable types, have them tell you which syllable type is represented on the card (closed, open, silent e, vowel team, r controlled, consonant le)