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Four in a Row Game - i_e Words

PDF, Google Slides | 5 pages|Grades: 1 - 2

Practice decoding long ‘i’ silent final ‘e’ words with this set of 18 word cards and picture game board.

Do your students look at you with confusion when you tell them they don’t have to pronounce the letter ‘e’ at the end of the word?

If so, our Four in a Row game will give them a chance to practice listening for long /i/ sounds followed by that trickster…

Silent ‘e’! 

Playing with Long i Silent e Words

Use this resource in your reading center, as a guided reading activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to practice decoding long vowel with silent final ‘e’ in i_e words.

To play, students will read the word card and cover the matching object on their game board with a manipulative, attempting to cover four in a row.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Challenge students who already understand the concept to produce words that have the long i vowel sound but do not follow the same pattern with ending in a silent ‘e’.

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by using an anchor chart or other visual reference to guide them.  

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

More Ways to Practice Long i Silent e Words

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

🔤 Alphabetical Ordering

After students finish the game, challenge them to put the word cards in alphabetical order. 

🪞 Match Me If You Can

In your guided reading group, give each student 3 cards that only they can see. Using the game board, go through each word one at a time, saying the word as a group. The student who has the word card lays it down face up. The first person to have all their cards face up wins. 

🃏 Upcycle into Playing Cards

Print off 2 sets of word cards! Students can play card games like Match It, Go Fish, or Snap to get even more practice reading i_e words. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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