Here is an easy-to-prep game that you can use with all of your students, and it goes great with a pirate theme! It can be used as a reinforcement activity throughout the session (e.g., place a penny on the boat after each correct production/answer) or at the end of the session (e.g., students earn pennies throughout the session and take turns placing them at the end).
What you need:
- a small boat that you can put pennies on/in (I made one with half of the bottom of a styrofoam egg carton, a straw, and some paper)
- a small tub to put water and your boat in
- pennies (at least enough to sink your boat)
What to do:
- Put water in your tub.
- Place the boat in the water.
- Have the students earn pennies to place on the boat.
- Let the students take turns adding pennies to the boat until it sinks! The one whose penny makes the boat sink, wins!
Ideas for use:
- Have the students say phrases such as, “Will the ship sink?” or “Will the boat still float?” or similar phrases depending on the sounds they are practicing.
- Use a spinner or die to determine how many pennies a student should add during their turn.
- Hold the boat still for those students needing help due to poor motor skills