Ringo - Building Consonant Sounds with ELL/ESL Learners
To build sight word fluency and sound awareness with the consonants
Words Their Way by Bear, Invernizzi, Tepleton, & Johnson (2000),
Beginning Consonants - p. 309
A bingo board for each student, unifix cubes or counters of some kind
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- Design a bingo board with beginning consonant sounds. (eg. b (bell), c (cat), d (dog), etc. Add pictures of these objects for added
reinforcement of vocabulary building)
You can use the picture cards on p.309 in Words Their Way (2000) to save time.
- Make enough boards for a small group of 3-6. Have boards laminated for future use.
Assemble 3 - 6 students. Distribute boards and unifix cubes or counters.
- Say a word that is on the card. (For example: bell). Then, have the students cover the
square with a unifix cube or counter. Do this until they get the hang of it. Then, explain that it
will be a game to see who can get four in a row vertically, or horizontally. Whoever has it calls RINGO!
- Make the game more difficult by saying a word that has a beginning consonant on the
card, but the word itself is not on the card. (For example: brother) Students then have to hear
the sound and register that the first sound they hear is "b," and cover the b is for bell square.
- Differentiate the game to include high frequency words, sight words for stories, and word