Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -um to make words such as hum, gum, yum, and drum.
- Spello game boards
- Game markers (e.g., pennies, beads)
- -um picture cards for each game board
The children will play a version of bingo called "Spello" as they add sounds to the -um ending to make words such as hum, drum, and yum.
Play the Spello game
- Assemble the game boards:
- Print each of the five game board versions and six sets of picture cards.
- Cut out the picture cards and glue the top of each game board picture to the corresponding game board square so that each card becomes a flap.
- Place the remaining set of -um picture cards in a container.
- Have the children take turns acting as a speller.
- Instruct the speller to draw an -um picture card and show the picture to the class without looking at it.
- Help the other children find the -um picture on their game boards and lift the flap to see the corresponding -um word.
- Once the children have discovered the -um word, have them give hints to help the speller spell the word (e.g., there are ___ sounds: the first sound is ___, and the second sound is ___.).
- Once the speller has spelled the word correctly, the children may place a marker on the picture (the SPELLO square is a free space).
- Repeat until one child (or multiple children) have marked a full row or column and have them shout, "Spello!"
- The game can also continue until all the squares have markers.
- Give each child a piece of paper and have them write short sentences using -um words (e.g., I am not glum when I hum. Do not hum with gum.).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.Â
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.