Games and Activities for Phonics Teaching 

Brain Break/Warm up for Short Vowel Sounds 

Shake it out ! 

Shake your hand ... a,a,a

Shake your leg ....e,e,e

Shake your hips ... i,i,i

Shake your body ... o,o,o

Shake your bum ... u,u,u  ( or tummy or thumb depending on your students' maturity)

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Sing the song through once touching the body parts as  you go.

"Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. 

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. 

And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, 

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. "

Now tell the students they must not say a word if it has a particular sound in it. e.g.  /ou/, long vowel /oa/, or long vowel /ee/, or short vowel /e/. Choose one sound only. 

Sing the song again together and see if the student remember not to say either the /ou/ (mouth), the /oa/ (toes and nose), the /ee/ ( knees) or the /e/ (heads)

See page for more (Rachel Griffin's Phonics page.) 

Games and Activities for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Parts of Speech

Adjectives - Adjective chairs

Place two chairs in the centre of the circle/in front of the class and label them Nouns and Adjectives . If you are using Jolly Grammar  remember to write the Noun in black and the Adjective in blue. Ask two students to come and sit in the seats, and prepare for battle. The noun chair speaks first, shouting out a noun, that the adjective chair has to give an adjective to e.g. 'table' 'big'. This continues until you decide to swap out the students for new players, or you can apply the Just A Minute game rules whereby players are disqualifies for hesitation, repetition, or deviation. The last one makes for interesting conversations, as the challenger has to explain their challenge, and the challengee to defend their choices. 

Adverbs -  Adverb entrance

Prepare a selection of slips of paper with adverbs on e.g. happily, shyly, noisily, grumpily, jokingly etc choosing enough that are at your students level , and a couple they will have to stretch themselves to guess. Give a student a slip and ask them to leave the room. They must then knock on the door, and enter the room in the manner of the adverb on their slip of paper. (you may have to pop out and explain or demonstrate for them if they are unsure of the adverb, or their acting skills) The remaining students must then guess what the adverb on the slip was. You will find that some guess the adverb straight away, but many will go through a whole host of adverbs  you hadn't even thought of in the process.


Games and Activities for Speaking and Listening


Games and Activities for Reading and Writing