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Rock the Boat

Janice Jowers
Okaloosa County Schools

Description

As a spelling strategy, the students learn how to divide words into syllables between the consonants in the middle of the word. The students then use this knowledge to play a station activity game.

Objectives

The student uses a variety of spelling strategies (for example, knowing root words, prefixes, and suffixes; using word families, syllabication).

Materials

-A copy of the Introduction Words to use to introduce the concept of syllable division between consonants (see Associated File)
-A copy of the Rock the Boat game board (see Associated File)
-A copy of the Rock the Boat words for the game board (see Associated File)
-A set of four file folders to use to make the folder games for the station activities
-Index cards (either whole or cut in half) on which to glue or tape the words for the game
-The answers to the syllable division of the words to tape or glue on the back of the cards for the game (see Associated File)
-Four pennies
-Small manipulatives for the children to use as men on the game board

Preparations

1. Download the materials from the Associated File.
2. Make an overhead copy of the Introduction Sentences (found in Associated File) to use on the overhead projector.
3. Make sure the overhead projector is in position to project on the screen.
4. Prepare the four file folder games by printing the Rock the Boat game board (found in Associated File) and gluing it inside the opened file folder. 5. Print four copies of the Rock the Boat game words, cut them apart and glue or tape each word on an individual index card, either whole or cut in half. (See Associated File.)
6. Tape or glue the answers on the back of the cards. There will be one set of words for each file folder game board. You might want to laminate the file folder game and the cards so that they will last longer.

Procedures

NOTE: Prepare the four file folder games by printing the Rock the Boat game board (found in Associated Files) and gluing it inside the opened file folder. Print four copies of the Rock the Boat game words, cut them apart and glue or tape each word on an individual index card, either whole or cut in half. Glue or tape the answers on the back. There will be one set of words for each file folder game board. You might want to laminate the file folder game and the cards so that they will last longer.
- Gather four pennies.
- Acquire small manipulatives, such as erasers, coins, colored paper clips, etc., for the children to use as men.
- Make an overhead copy of the example words to display on the overhead projector. (See Associated File.)

Procedures:
1. Read and discuss the words with the students, explaining how to divide words into syllables between middle consonants.

2. Elaborate on this concept by having the students share words that they can think of that follow each rule for dividing words into syllables between middle consonants.

3. Explain to the students that when they go to the language learning station, they will play a game called Rock the Boat. To play the game, they will draw a card that shows two ways to divide a word into syllables. They are to choose which one is divided correctly, either A or B. The student then turns the card over to check for the correct answer. If they are right, they toss the penny. If it lands on heads, they move two spaces, and if it lands on tails, they move one space. The winner of the game is the one who gets to the end first.

4. Model for the students how they are to read each word and determine which way is the correct way to divide the word into syllables.

5. Place the Rock the Boat folder game complete with the sentence cards, pennies, and manipulatives in the Language station for the students to complete at station activity time.

6. Assess activity.

Assessments

Observe the students as they play the Rock the Boat game. The children should identify the syllable division of the words between consonants with 80% accuracy. Students not scoring 80% accuracy should be retaught and reassessed.

Extensions

Have the students think of and write a list of words with double consonants in the middle. They could work together with a team of students to think of this list. Cut out the words the students have written and glue them on index cards. Write the correct way to divide the words into syllables on the back of the cards. Allow the students to use their own words the next time they play this game.

Modifications
The students who have difficulty reading should work with a partner to make sure that they read the words correctly to enhance their comprehension of this reading skill.
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