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Poetry Slapjack Game - Grades 4-5

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: 4 - 6

Learn to identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition with a poetry Slapjack Game!

Prepare to have fun working with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition with a game of Slapjack!

How to Play Our Poetry Slapjack Card Game

We created this resource for your reading center as an independent practice activity. 

  1. Before the round begins, decide whether the students will be looking for examples of rhyme, rhythm, or repetition.
  2. For each set of face values, i.e., the 4 Jacks, the examples include 1 rhyme, 1 rhythm, and 2 repetitions.
  3. The students split the deck in half. They begin making a pile in the middle by laying down a card at the very same time. If either one of them has the Jack card that contains the example they are looking for, the first to slap the pile gets all of the cards on the table. If a player slaps incorrectly, the other player gets the pile!
  4. Whoever ends up with the largest number of cards at the end wins!

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

  • Support students who need help with these words by pairing them with a partner or playing the game in small groups.
  • Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to create their own cards using our blank template.

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

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 Jennifer Hall, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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