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Race to the Top – Reading ou Sound Words Game

Practice reading “ou” words with this fun Race to the Top game. This fun phonics game for first graders is a great way to practice the ou phonic sound with an engaging activity that will appeal to grade 1 students. To play this ou words game, simply print the pages, grab a do a dot marker, and you are ready to play and learn!

Practice reading "ou" words with this fun Race to the Top game. This fun phonics game for first graders is a great way to practice the ou phonic sound with an engaging activity that will appeal to grade 1 students. To play this ou words game, simply print the pages, grab a do a dot marker, and you are ready to play and learn!

ou phonic sound

My little girl is working on a new vowel team this week – ou phonic sound, and to be honest it has been a tricky one for her. And what is worse, is she hasn’t learned how tricky it really is. The first tricky part is that the vowel team “ou” makes two sounds. It can make the sound /oo/ like in soup. And it can make the /ow/ sound like in plow or ouch!

I guess you can see the other tricky part is that the /ow/ sound can be made with an “ow” or an “ou”. Thankfully, this part has a pretty reliable rule. “OU” is used at the beginning of words or syllables, like in out or grouch. While “ow” is used at the end of words, or at the end of a syllable. You can see this in power and how. And just as a side note, if the word ends with the letter n or l, you also use the “ow”. (growl, grown)

WIth all these rules, I knew we just needed some simple reading practice. And that is what this game does. This ou words activity is a great way for 1st grade students to practice reading while having fun!

ou words phonics worksheets

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ou words phonics worksheets

ou Words

This game can be ready to play in minutes.

  1. Simply, print off the boards you need. The last sheet has two-syllables, so if your child is not there yet, you may not want to print off that one.
  2. All that is left is to get some Do-A-Dot markers or other round manipultives to cover up the circles.

two syllable ou words

Vowel team ou

The rules for the game are simple.

  • Player one rolls the die.
  • Next, player 1 finds that number on their sheet, and reads the word above it.
  • Then they get to dot is with a Do-A-Dot marker, or place a maniupltive on it.

race to the top ou words

ou Sound Words

  • Now it is players two turn
  • They follow the same steps. Roll the die, find that numver, read the word, and then cover up that word.
  • The players take turn doing this until one player fills up one column.

As a side note….the first time we played this, one of my little ones quickly filled up his column. We then decided to see who could fill up the whole page first. Which of course got them reading those “ou” words like I wanted them too.

These free 'ow' sliders are a great way to practice reading words with the ow sound like cow and brown. I love sliders to quickly work on certain sounds. It allows kindergarten and first graders to quickly practice phonics ow wordsb over and over again. And so as we continue to work on vowel teams, I made some sliders to help her work on the phonics ow sound. Simply print vowel printables and you are ready to work on reading and spelling skills. Practice reading "ou" words with this fun Race to the Top game. This fun phonics game for first graders is a great way to practice the ou phonic sound with an engaging activity that will appeal to grade 1 students. To play this ou words game, simply print the pages, grab a do a dot marker, and you are ready to play and learn! This fun spelling long o activity is a great way to help first graders improve their phonics skills to improve reading and speling. This activity focuses on long o words with oe and oa spelling of the long o sound. Simply print the fun long vowel activity that focuses on oe words phonics and oa words phonics. If you are working on the oa phonic sound with your kindergarten and first grade students, you will love these oa phonics games! This oa sound games uses free printable vowel team puzzles to make learning fun! Simply print the phonic sound oa printable and you are ready to play and learn about vowel teams!

Long o Vowel Teams

Help kids practice discriminating between how the long a sound is spelled in words using these super cute, free printable, Long A Worksheet. Print the vowel coloring pages and have fun working on spelling and phonics with your first grade student.  Practice vowel team "ai" with this fun no-prep game long a game. This free printable phonics game helps first graders work on ai words. Children work their way around the game board as they read ai sound words. Simply print pdf file with words with ai in them and you are ready to play and learn!  When your first grader student is ready to move on to long vowel sounds, you will love this handy vowel activity. This long a sound words worksheet uses letter tiles for a hands-on long vowel activity  for grade 1. Simply print long a sound words pdf file and you are ready to play and learn! identifying long and short vowel sounds worksheets pdf

Long vowel sounds worksheets

Looking for more practice with the long a sound? Check out these free printables:

Vowel Puzzles FREE Missing Vowels Clip Cards - Help kids fill in the missing letters and practice phonics with Missing Vowels Clip Cards - a fun, hands-on learning activity for prek & kindergartners.

Vowels Printables

looking for more fun vowel activities and resources to make learning to read and spell words fun? Check these out!

Practice reading "ou" words with this fun Race to the Top game. This free printable phonics game practices the ou sound words !

ou Words Worksheet

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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently began blogging at her page You’ve Got This.

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