Consonant blends or clusters are two or more consonants together in which each consonant is pronounced, with no vowel sounds in between them. Ending consonant blends are also called final consonant blends. Final consonant blends can be challenging to decode because the match between the spoken and written forms is not perfect.
How to play?
This is an addictive game to practice decoding short vowel words with an ending blend. There are 72 jellybean cards in all. All the words are either 4-letter or 3-letter long.
The aim of this card game is to collect the maximum number of cards.
Keep the cards in a pile. The first player draws a card and reads it. If the player reads it correctly, he/she can keep the card. If he/she is unable to read it correctly, the card is put at the bottom of the pile to be read again.
Play continues until there are no cards left in the pile.
There are 72 cards on the 9 A4 sheets. You will need to print these sheets and cut them into cards. Print these ‘blends games’ picture cards on card stock and laminate them for durability.
I have used these ‘blends games’ in a classroom setting and I love how each child gets involved in this game. You will not find a better game where children want to read words.
The ending sounds that I have covered are nk, nt, nd, mp, ld, lk, lt, lp, pt, sp, st and sk.
You can use as many or as little cards as you wish to depending on the number of players and the time limit. This game is great if you wish to revisit ending blends with your students.
I usually try phonics games and activities on a Monday when children are still lazy from the weekend. After the game, we do a worksheet based on that game.
Jellybean jar card: It’s a bonus card which the child can add to their card total. Also, they get to draw another card and read the word. The player must be able to read the card in order to keep it.
Ants on the jellybean card: Oops! The ants ate your word. Keep the card aside. You do not get to read a word in this turn. The card does not get added to your card total.
The player with the most cards wins the game.