Get to the Word Factory

Get to the Word Factory
Target text


Practice reading and analyzing vowels within words and identifying words as opposed to non-words. 

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hop
  • sit
  • can
  • cane
  • cost
  • coat


  • Page of game board shapes* 
  • Four envelopes 
  • Picture of Mother Alphabet*
  • Picture of the word factory*
  • Paper die*
  • Choose the Correct Vowel cards*
  • Count the Vowel cards*
  • Word and Non-word cards*
  • Action cards*

*Items included below.

The children will play a game to help Mother Alphabet get to the word factory as they practice identifying vowels and real words versus non-words.

Literacy Activities 
Get to the Word Factory game

  • Prepare the game.
    • Print and cut out six copies of the game board shapes (found below) and arrange them on the floor in a U-shape, with the factory at the top of the right side. 
    • Print the die block (found below) on a sheet of cardstock and follow the instructions on it to form it.
    • Cut out the picture of Mother Alphabet (found below), then fold and tape as marked.
    • Draw a star on the first envelope and insert the Choose the Correct Vowel cards (found below).
    • Draw a circle on the second envelope and insert the Word and Non-word cards (found below).
    • Draw a heart on the third envelope and insert the Count the Vowel cards (found below).
    • Draw a sun on the last envelope and insert the action cards (found below).
  • Place the Mother Alphabet game piece at the top left of the game board and have the children sit in a circle around the board.
  • Choose a child to roll the die and move Mother Alphabet down the left side of the U-shape. 
    • If a shape is rolled, have the child advance to the nearest space with the matching shape.
    • If +1 is rolled, have the child move one space forward.
    • If -1 is rolled, have the child move back one space. 
  • Have the child pick a card from the envelope corresponding to the space he or she lands on:
    • Star: Have the child choose a vowel to fill in the blank and complete the word. 
    • Circle: Have the child read and answer the question on the card. 
    • Heart : Have the child distinguish between the real word (has a vowel) and the non-word (no vowel). 
    • Sun: Have the child read the card aloud, point out the vowel in the word on the card, and then lead the other children in doing the action. 
  • Once Mother Alphabet reaches the word factory, have the children sing Mother Alphabet’s favorite song, the ABC song.

More Practice
Write about the game

  • Help the children make a list of words that they learned in the game (referring to the game cards as needed), underline the vowel(s) in each word, and read the words aloud. 
  • Encourage the children to write short sentences using words from the list and allow them to illustrate the sentences.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.