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Spelling Patterns "Go Fish" Card Game

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Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • A set of 52 small index cards (or card stock cut into card-sized rectangles) for each group of about four students

  • Colored pencils

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1. Make a copy for each student of the Spelling "Go Fish" Card Game Instructions, Spelling Patterns Chart, and Spelling Patterns "Go Fish" Self-Evaluation.

2. Make a seating chart organizing your students into heterogeneous groups of four, with a variety of social and academic skills in each group. Having two boys and two girls in each group, if possible, often works well.

3. Write the following warm-up activity on the board before class starts.
  • Under the heading Spelling Patterns, draw a chart with three columns.

  • At the top of the first column, write -ie-

  • At the top of the second column, write -ei-

  • At the top of the third column, write qu-

  • To the side, write the instructions: Fill in the chart with words that contain the spelling pattern corresponding to each column. Write at least four words in each column.

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