Audio Word Match


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Audio Word Match is a traditional memory match game that increases familiarity with terms by allowing students to match words they both see and hear read aloud.

Try Audio Word Match

with a sample word list!

Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Fluency
  • Spelling

What? Early readers may have trouble reading text quickly and accurately. More...Less

A lack of reading fluency and word recognition can affect a student’s ability to comprehend text. Fluency is a key component of building literacy and students should engage in fluency and word recognition practice.

When? Fluency is a skill that is built over time. More...Less

Students must familiarize themselves with phonetic patterns and words in order to become fluent readers. There are some words that do not follow a pattern and students need to recognize them by sight. Kindergarten students’ reading often sounds slow and choppy with little expression, as most are focusing on decoding words. As students develop word recognition and word automaticity, they become more fluent readers. This allows students to focus on comprehension because cognitive energy is no longer focused on decoding.

How to teach: Students can independently build word recognition and fluency in the classroom. Audio Word Match can be used during their literacy block in a word study center. The activity can also be part of weekly spelling practice and homework.

Play to learn: Audio Word Match is similar to the classic memory match game. More...Less

Students flip a card, hear the spelling or vocabulary word read to them, and try to find the card that matches. Students receive immediate feedback when cards are a match. When all words are matched, the game records the attempts and elapsed time that students take to match the words.

Teaching Tip: The audio component of Audio Word Match is great for both early readers and experienced readers because it supports pronunciation as well as visual recognition of the words. More...Less

It is also an engaging way for English Language Learners (ELLs) to become familiar with the language. In addition, teachers can use Audio Word Match to challenge students to complete a task in a particular time frame. A timed activity can help build fluency and is motivating! This is a great learning activity to build automaticity for students who are learning their sight words.

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