On the back of each folder, there is a plastic bag with all of the game pieces as well as a checklist where we can keep track of the students’ progress. We use a + – system for tracking progress. When the students complete the game easily and correctly, we give them a +. If they had difficulty or we feel that they would benefit from another try, we give them a -. Then when they do it again, we can easily turn it into a +.
After the students remove the game pieces, they open up the folder and play the game. Most of the games are in the same format, so they are familiar with what to do.
Here are a few examples of our phonological awareness folder games. The left vertical picture is the cover of the game, and the two pictures on the right show the work mats. The top one is blank, and the bottom one shows what the completed game looks like.
In this “A a” Font sort, the students have to sort the pieces as capital A’s or lower case a’s. I made this one specifically for my students this year, because they seem to be having trouble with the lower case a when it is written in different fonts.
Another phonological awareness skill is identifying all of the upper case and lower case letters. “Blast Off!” is a game where the students match the lower case stars to the upper case stars on the work mat.
This is a more difficult skill. The students have to say the word on the game piece and find a word on the work mat that begins with the same beginning sound.
Rhyming is another important phonological awareness skill. In this “Yarn Baskets” game the students choose a ball of yarn and say the word. They find the basket that has a rhyming word and match them up.
Lots of our phonological awareness games are similar to the one below. The students have a pile of 16 pictures. They say the words and sort them into 2 groups based on their initial consonant sound. This one is G (like Glue) and S (like Scissors).
Another variation on beginning sounds is when we give students game pieces with the picture, and they have to locate the corresponding first letter. When they get it right, it’s a “Slam Dunk.”
We also have math, social studies, and science folder games. I will share those soon. Have fun playing and learning with your children today!