Lesson plan

Word Feature Concentration

Games are a great way to help students look closer at words! In this lesson, students will learn more about contractions and consonant pairs by creating their own games of concentration.
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Students will be able to identify and match word features.

(5 minutes)
  • Write the following words on the board: Best, Rest, and Nest.
  • Ask, “What do you notice about these words?” Explain that these three words are in the same word family. They all end with the consonant blend -st. Explain that consonant BlendsAre when two consonants come together to make a sound.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that blends are one kind of word feature. They appear in many different words. There are many different word features, including double consonants, silent letters, and contractions.
  • Write the following examples on the board: Better(as an example of double Consonants), Like(as an example of a Silent letter), and Isn’t(as an example of a Contraction). Go over the example word features in each word.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that looking closely at word features can help us to see how words are similar.
  • Show students how to play the game of concentration. Tell them that the goal of the game is to find words that match, but the way to identify matches can change based on the words you’re playing with!
  • In this lesson, concentration can be played with contractions, consonant blends, double consonants, or words with silent letters.
  • Tell students that the first step in making the concentration boards is to identify pairs of words that can be matched together.
  • Model how to brainstorm pairs of words with the same consonant blends. Write the pairs on the board. For example: Best/Rest, Star/Stem, Tree/Trunk, Spin/Wasp.
  • Now show students how to write one word on each index card. Have students sit in a circle as you spread the cards face down on the ground.
  • Model how to play concentration with a partner. Each take a turn turning over two cards. If the cards have the same blends, the partner gets to keep them. If not, the cards get placed back faced down.
  • Play the game until all the cards are taken.
(30 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will make their own concentration games using words that have the same features (blends, consonant pairs, contractions, or silent letters).
  • Have students brainstorm the pairs that they will include in their games before writing one word on each index card.
  • After completing their games, have partners take turns playing concentration with each other.
  • Have students complete the Match the Contractions and Seeing Double (Consonants) worksheets when they finish playing the games.

Support:Make the concentration cards for students to play with.

Enrichment:Have students play the “silent e” or “double consonant” versions of concentration.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they make connections and analyze the different word features.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share some of the word pairs from the concentration games they played.

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