Long Vowel Dominoes
Long Vowel Phonics Dominoes are a fun, hands-on way for beginning readers to practice word-formation skills and build their confidence on the road to reading success.
Included are 84 dominoes with high-utility consonants (s, t, m, f, r, b, l, etc.) and 27 phonograms (word families). Learning common phonograms is an important step to developing reading fluency. The following long vowel phonograms are included: ace, age, ail, ain, ake, ale, ame, ane, ate, ay, eak, eal, eam, ean, eek, eep, ie, ice, ide, ike, ine, oat, ole, ope, ule, une, ube.
Suggested Activities with Long Vowel Dominoes
Long Vowel Dominoes Word Train Race
Set the Long Vowel dominoes face up on a table. Encourage two or more students to compete to make the longest “word train” possible by connecting dominoes. If you wish, allow a specific amount of time for the race. When time is called, students read the words in their trains aloud. Variation: Have students use dominoes in only one or two specific colours to create their trains.
Long Vowel Dominoes Word Train Game
Play this game with a group of four or more students. Place the Long Vowel dominoes face down on a table. Each player draws five dominoes and stands them on edge so other players can’t see them. Turn one domino face up in the centre of the table. Place the rest of the dominoes in a small paper bag within reach of all players. Player 1 tries to use one of his dominoes to make a word with the domino in the centre of the table. He may add his domino before or after the domino as long as he makes a word. If he cannot make a word, he draws another domino from the bag. Play passes to the next player. Player 2 then tries to make a word, adding her domino either before or after the dominoes in the centre of the table. Like Player 1, if she can’t make a word, she takes a domino from the bag. Play continues in this way until one of the players gets rid of all of his or her dominoes and wins the game, or there are no dominoes left in the bag. If this happens, the player with the fewest dominoes left is the winner.
Long Vowel Dominoes Word Bag
Place some Long Vowel dominoes in a small paper bag. Have several students sit in a circle. The first student takes a domino from the bag and identifies the word family (for example, “ake”). The student then says a word that contains that word family (cake). He passes the domino and the bag to the next student. If the student can think of another word in the “ake” word family, she says it aloud (rake). If she can’t think of another word, she draws a domino from the bag (for example, a domino with the word family eal), and says a word that contains that word family (seal). Continue until all the tiles in the bag have been used.
Long Vowel Dominoes Word Race
Place five to ten Long Vowel dominoes in a small paper bag. Give the bag to a pair of students. Provide paper and pencils. When you say “begin,” the students remove one domino from the bag. Students then race to write down as many words as possible with the long vowel word family on the domino before you call “time.” Give students about a minute. The students then read their words aloud to each other and tally the number of words each has written. The student with more words wins the round. Play continues until all dominoes in the bag have been used. Variation: Give teams of students a domino with the same phonogram and let the teams compete against one another. Whichever team writes down the most words wins.
Long Vowel Dominoes Before and After
Work with one or two students to practice manipulating phonemes and build phonemic awareness. Depending on the student(s), set out a dozen or more dominoes. Choose a target domino. Have the students take turns adding a domino before the target domino to make words. Then have students take turns adding a domino after the target domino to make words. Change the target domino several times during the activity