Not only is the game easy and entertaining, but you can also get extra practice towards your therapy goals while having fun at the same time. Today I modified my Jenga game to target various phonemes for my articulation students. Using my Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book, I typed up a list of words targeting a few different phonemes that are common goals of my artic students.
Target phonemes this time include /s/, /th/, /l/, and /k/ in initial, medial, and final positions. I copied each list onto a different color paper, cut them apart, and taped them onto the blocks. You can download the four different lists here.
The words took a while to cut apart and tape on, but now it is ready to go! It will also be easy to switch out words to target different phonemes if needed.
This game is not just for articulation students either. Here are a few ways to use the game to target other goal areas:
*Language:- students must use the word they draw in a grammatically complete sentence
- students must think of an adjective to describe the word on their block
- students define the word drawn
- name the appropriate category the word would fit in, or name other words associated with the word on the block
- if appropriate, name a synonym or antonym for the given word
- one side of your blocks could target words with multiple meanings
*Fluency:- depending on the level the student is working at, practice easy speech at the word, phrase, or sentence level
*Phonemic Awareness:- identify the initial/medial/final phoneme in the word
- segment the word into individual phonemes
- name a word that rhymes
The possibilities are endless! It is such a fun game to use with students of all ages. I think they love it almost as much as I do :)
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