Swap It! Vowel Pair Playing Cards

Swap It! Vowel Pair Playing Cards
Swap It!
Vowel Pair
Playing Cards
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product includes:
• 64 Swap It! Vowel Pair
Playing Cards
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Activity Guide
Managing the Swap It!
Vowel Pair Playing Cards
• Copy the Swap It! Vowel Pair
Playing Cards Game
Instructions. Laminate the
instructions for repeated use.
• When using the game at a
literacy center, be sure to
demonstrate how to store
the playing cards and leave
the center when the activity
is complete.
All activity guides can be found online:
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Congratulations on your purchase of the Really Good Stuff® Swap It! Vowel Pair
Playing Cards –a fun and exciting way for students to practice complex long vowel
spelling patterns.
With the Swap It! Vowel Pair Playing Cards, students can play games that will help
them read words with complex long vowel patterns. Through repeated play,
students will begin to recognize the spelling patterns that most frequently occur
in words with long a and long e sounds.
The low stress and repetitive nature of
the game make it beneficial for all
students. The Swap It! Vowel Pair
Playing Cards are an excellent way to
reinforce your long vowel instruction.
Introducing the Swap It! Vowel Pair Playing Cards
After studying the silent “e” long vowel spelling pattern, students are ready to look
at other letter combinations that make long vowel sounds. The Swap It! Vowel Pair
Playing Cards feature words with four common spelling patterns for the long a and
long e sounds. Students at this point must not only be able to distinguish which
vowel sound they hear, but they also have the added task of choosing which vowel
spelling pattern is correct. By exhibiting these spelling patterns in a non-threatening,
playful environment, students start to internalize the vowel combinations and
discover commonalities among words. For example, after repeated play, students will
notice that the long a pattern ai occurs within words, as in braid, while the ay
pattern occurs in the ending position of words or syllables, as in day and maybe.
Introduce the Swap It! Vowel Pair Game to your group by explaining that the deck
includes cards with long vowel words that have complex spelling patterns, eight Swap
It! Cards, and four Skip It! Cards. On each word card, the consonants are black and
the vowel pattern is in red, making it easier for students to identify and differentiate
the sounds associated with each letter or letter cluster. There are two spelling
patterns for words with the long a sound – ai and ay, and two spelling patterns for
those with the long e sound – ea and ee. There are 13 word cards for each vowel
pattern. The idea of the game is to match the long vowel
spelling pattern of the word on the table with that of the
players’ cards. If that is not possible, students can change
it to a different spelling pattern by putting down a Swap
It! Card. Players must say the vowel sound and read each
word as they put down a card. For example, if the player’s
card is nail, the player says, “ai like in nail” before putting
down the card. This reinforces the vowel sound and
“ai like in nail”
keeps all the students on track.
Swap It! and Skip It! Cards
• Swap It! Cards: Players use each of the eight Swap It! Cards in the deck to
change the vowel pattern that needs to be matched. For example, if a player
already draws or has a Swap It! Card along with play, say, stay, and sneak in
hand, and the top card of the Play pile is rain, the player can use the Swap It!
Card to change the vowel pattern that players must match. The player puts
down the Swap It! Card and the play card and players continue by matching
the long a spelling pattern ay in play. To make the game more challenging,
reduce the number of Swap It! Cards to six.
• Skip It! Cards: Players use each of the four Skip It! Cards in the deck when they
cannot play a word card and do not have a Swap It! Card. For example, if a player
draws or has a Skip It! Card along with four words with the long a spelling pattern
ai, and the top card on the Play pile is play, the player can put down the Skip It!
Card. Play continues using the play card.
Model the game using the instructions below until students are familiar with the
rules and procedures and then allow them to play it at a literacy center. Copy the
Swap It! Vowel Pair Game Instructions and make them available at the center.
Assign an aide or student volunteer to deal the cards and oversee the game,
making sure each player says every word aloud.
Swap It! Vowel Pair Game Instructions
Two to six players
Object of the game: To use all the cards in your hand and go out first by
matching long vowel spelling patterns.
1. Shuffle the deck and deal five cards to each player. Have students read their
cards to themselves before the game begins. Decide on the order of play.
2. Place all the remaining cards in a stack face down in the middle of the
table. This stack will be the Draw pile.
3. Turn over the top card and place it face up next to the Draw pile. This will
be the Play pile.
4. The first player reads this card by stating the vowel pattern printed in red
and then reads the word, for example, “ay like in stay.” If Player 1 has a card
that matches the long vowel spelling pattern, Player 1 places it on top of
the pile saying, “ay like in clay.” If the player does not have a card that
matches that spelling pattern, the player draws a new card. If the card
picked is a match, Player 1 can put it down; if not, Player 1 keeps the card
and the turn is over.
5. If a player does not have a match but has a Swap It! Card, the player can
change the spelling pattern being matched. For example, if the Play pile has
clay on top and the player has seat, steal and seek in hand, a Swap It!
Card could be used to change the vowel pattern to ea as in seat, and the
seat card becomes the new card on top of the Play pile.
6. Players take turns matching vowel patterns and reading the words aloud. If
necessary, shuffle the Play pile, turn it over, and continue playing until one
player is out of cards.
7. The first player without any cards left is the winner.
Variations:
• Extend play by including fewer Swap It! Cards.
• Continue play until all the players run out of cards.
• Add mobility to the game by having students swap seats in addition to
swapping a vowel pattern with their Swap It! Cards.
Extensions
Add extra oral language practice:
• After playing the game, choose one long vowel pattern. Find all the cards with the
target long vowel pattern. As a group, tell a simple story or make up a riddle
using the word cards.
• During play, have students say a rhyming word along with the word printed on
their cards.
Add extra written practice:
• After the game, distribute a sorting grid
with four columns, one for each long vowel
braid
clay
beam bee
spelling pattern. Have students label each
column with a vowel pattern and a sample
train
stray cleat seek
word. For example, the first column could be
waist
today mean steel
the ai, with the sample word braid written
underneath. Use the cards to do a blind
sort. Select a card, read the word on it, and
have students write it onto their sorting
grid in the correct column. Have students
write additional words in each column on
their own. Reflect on the position of the
vowel patterns within these words.
a
i
Vowel Pair Swap It!
ai
afraid
braid
maid
mail
main
nail
paid
pail
paint
rain
tail
train
waist
ay
always
clay
gray
hooray
jay
may
maybe
play
say
stay
stray
today
tray
ea
beam
beat
clean
cleat
heap
mean
seam
seat
sneak
steal
stream
tea
teach
ee
bee
beef
bleed
cheese
eel
jeep
peep
reed
see
seek
sneeze
steel
street
Skip It!
Skip It!
Skip It!
Skip It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
Swap It!
ay ea ee
Related products available
through Really Good Stuff®:
Swap It! Short Vowel Playing Cards
Set 1 (#302645)
Swap It! Short Vowel Playing Cards
Set 2 (#302647)
Swap It! Silent “e” Playing Cards
Set 1 (#302636)
Swap It! Silent “e” Playing Cards
Set 2 (#302641)
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