Your students will love reading and spelling R-controlled words with this no-prep BINGO game! Targeted 1-syllable words with AR, ER, IR, OR, and UR patterns are included to make phonics learning gamified and fun.
Why We Love It
Everyone loves playing games, especially kids! So we’re out to gamify phonics instruction with this fun, easy, and familiar BINGO game.
So we need to come up with some creative ways to provide repeated practice and review for our students!
That’s why we developed this awesome no-prep BINGO game, making practice with R-controlled words a breeze with no-prep. Just print and play!
The best part is you can use it for both decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) practice!
R-Controlled Vowels FAQ
The Vowel + R makes three new phonemes (sounds) in English. These three phonemes are represented by five graphemes (ways to spell the sounds).
AR = /ar/ like car 🚗
OR = /or/ like corn 🌽
ER, IR, and UR all make the same sound = /er/ like her 👩🏼, bird 🐦, and nurse 👩🏼⚕️
Every syllable needs a vowel. The Vowel + R is considered the vowel, making an R-controlled syllable one of the 6 syllable types.
Lots of practice is needed after explicit teaching. Try using these R-controlled word lists with Elkonin boxes for dictation. Or use these 4 free R-controlled worksheets. You can also use word ladders with R-controlled vowels!
Gamifying learning is important for improving skills, which is why we’ve created this BINGO game.
R-Controlled Bingo Game
This BINGO game provides explicit practice reading words with R-controlled vowels. Included are words with all five R-controlled vowels, so be sure you have explicitly taught them before playing with your students.
Included with this freebie are:
- 4 Bingo Game Cards
- 1 Teacher Call Card with 42 vowel + R words.
- 1 Blank Bingo Game Board
How to Play
Use the 4 Bingo Cards to play with a small group of up to four students.
If you want to play with your whole class, you can do that too! We’ve provided a blank Bingo Game Card for kids to fill it (this provides encoding practice, too!)
Just hand out a blank BINGO card to all players and use the word list to call words, one at a time. Kids practice spelling words and placing them in any space of their choosing.
Note: You may want to help students with the spelling of er/ir/ur words since they make the same sound and are sometimes difficult to differentiate.
After all spaces have been filled, play with your whole class!
Choose the way you want to play. Traditionally, bingo is won by marking five in a row, but I like switching it up by playing four corners, crisscross, or blackout!
More Phonics Resources
Do you love reinforcing concepts with games and other engaging activities? We do too! Check out some other great resources we have to make your instruction fun!
- Phonics Dice Roll & Read for 19 Phonics Skills on TPT
- All About the R-Controlled Syllable
- CVC Words Board Game
- High-Frequency Dolch Words Matching Game
- Spelling Practice Board Game
Download & Print
We hope you have a blast playing BINGO with this freebie!
Comment below to let us know how you’re using it in your classroom with students.
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