This exercise focuses students on the relationship between sound and spelling.
- Divide the class into groups of four or five, preferably around a table or desk.
- Ask each group to appoint a secretary. This person will be responsible for writing the words that come up in the activity on a sheet of paper.
- Write a vowel or diphthong sound on the board, using the phonemic symbol. For example /i:/.
- Then ask the students to find as many words as possible containing this sound within a given time limit or up to a certain number of words.
- The team with the most correct words within the time limit or first to reach the target number is the winner.
Tip: You might find it useful to categorize the words on the board according to their spelling. The example given, /i:/, can be ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘ie’, ‘ei’ or ‘e’. Other sounds are even more productive.