U-Know Words is a popular SEE activity in the Read3 Literacy Intervention program and a fun way to build reading fluency in beginner readers. In Module 1 Step 5 the focus is on words containing digraphs (2 letters, one sound). There are two 40-word card packs: Pack one includes sh, ch, th, wh at the start of words; and Pack 2 features th, sh, ng at the end of words. Packs match the Systematic Synthetic Phonics sequence used in the Read3 program.
Keep packs of these durable playing cards on hand for spontaneous practice anywhere and everywhere! Get parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends involved - remember the aim is reading fluency and the more practice the better!
Each player is dealt a 5-card hand and the aim is to be the first to play all your words cards first... but watch out for a sneak attack from your opponent when the star cards or miss-a-turn cards start rolling!
Unique card design builds fluency
For children with processing difficulties, chunking is recommended when decoding words, rather than a sound-by-sound approach to help accommodate memory and processing weaknesses. This chunking strategy is an integral part of the Read3 learning system and is used throughout the program.
Our unique word cards support children with weak working memory and processing difficulties. The starting sound (onset) is highlighted in blue which in turn draws attention to the rhyme ending (rime) of the word. Being able to quickly identify the rime helps children 'map' common letter patterns for improved fluency. For example, once they learn to decode i-ng and then recognise 'ing' as a familiar letter-sound pattern they can quickly extend this learning to simple words containing ing such as wing, sing thing, ring etc. Encourage the child to first decode each word using onset and rime (eg read w-ing rather than w-i-ng). As confidence and familiarity increases, encourage them to read the whole word fluently and quickly.
Our simple, uncluttered design has proven particularly useful for children who are easily distracted or have ADHD. There's no 'pretty pictures' or 'flashing lights' to sidetrack them from the end goal, which is decoding and reading words!
Adjust the game to suit each child's needs
As with all Read3 activities, instructions on how to simplify or extend play are included to you can differentiate the game based on the unique needs of the child.
Older children love the extended play which includes switching colours based on matching onsets or matching rime endings. The additional focus required to search for onset and rime patterns (in an effort to beat Gran) strengthens their letter mapping skills without them even knowing it!
There are two card packs per set. Each pack includes:
40 word cards featuring th_, ch_, sh_, wh_ (Pack 1) and _sh, _th, _ng (Pack 2)
5 star cards
4 miss a turn cards
Note: U-Know Words is one of the SEE activities in Read3 Module 1 Step 5. A digital, print-at-home version of all game cards is included in the Read3 program resources but kids love the 'professional' ones!