This loop game was devised by us to support our children develop a greater knowledge of hyphenated-compound words used in everyday language - as well as preparing them for assessments in language.
This loop game contains 45 game cards - but when placed together make at least 80 hyphenated-compound words.
Playing is easy. Print the words for the game and cut the cards into the 45 playing cards. Each child receives at least one card - ensuring that all the cards are handed out. Select a child to read the "first word" on their card. The children then look at their cards to see if they have a word which can be added to the "first word" to create a meaningful, hyphenated compound word. If they do, they read the "Second Word" on their card, and then read out the new "First Word".
The game continues until all of the cards have been used. For teachers, school staff or as a home based activity, there is also an answer sheet which links all words together - of course, another challenge could be for the children to find as many other hyphenated words as they can which are not on the answer sheet!
As the children play this game, they will be learning 45 hyphenated compound words! Once the children have played it a few times and understood the rules, swap the cards around the children. Play again.
You will find that children will start learning and reciting the words when children reveal what is on their cards. In UK schools, this game is great for preparation of SPAG!
To further develop the game, why not:
- Ask the children to find other hyphenated-compound words which are not on the answer sheet
- Use the cards as dominoes for a learning centre.
- Time the children with a stopwatch - what is the fastest time the children can complete the loop game in?
Our children love this game, especially trying to find extra hyphenated-compound words which we had not even thought of when developing the activity. They can now apply their knowledge to their own writing.
We hope that your children enjoy this game as much as ours do.
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