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Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Grades 1, 2, and 3
- Laminated 3" by 5"cards with Dolch words printed on them
- 7 laminated 3" by 5" cards with the word "POW!" printed on them
- 5 laminated 3" by 5" cards with the words "Lose your turn" printed on them
- 5 laminated 3" by 5" cards with the words "Take another turn" printed on them
- A 3 pound, decorated empty coffee can
Students will read Dolch words.
State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.
Review Previous Skills
Students should be able to read at least 15 Dolch words.
"Today we are going to play a game called "POW!" In this game, if you can read a sight word, you keep the card. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins. You have to give all your cards back if you get a card that says "POW!" You might have to lose a turn or take another turn, if you get a card that tells you to do one of those."
Mix up the cards and put them all in the can. In turn, each student picks a card and reads it out loud. If he is correct he can keep the card, and it is the next student’s turn. The object is to have the most cards at the end of the game. “POW” is written on some cards. When a student chooses "POW!" he has to read "POW!" in a loud voice and put ALL of his cards back in the can. A student may have to lose his turn or take another turn if he pulls one of those cards. There will be lots of laughing and anybody can win, not just the best reader, because of the element of chance in the game. The game ends when all cards are gone.
Play several games to maximize reading practice.
The students can play the game during free time.
Give a small prize to the winners; a sticker works great.
Play the game weekly.