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Jurassic Fantastic - CVC Words Board Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: PK - 1

Practice decoding and spelling CVC words with this board game of 27 CVC word cards.

Make learning CVC words a dino-mite experience! 

In this game, students will decode CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words from the cards. If read correctly, they move to the next spot on the board with the same dinosaur picture as the card.

A Rawr-some Way to Get in Extra CVC Word Practice!

Use this resource as a reading center activity, with your guided reading group, or as a whole class activity (see below) to practice decoding and spelling CVC words.

Players choose a game piece and set it on start. Shuffle the playing cards and place the pile face down near the game board. Player 1 takes the top card and reads the word. If they read it correctly, they move to the next spot on the board that contains the same dinosaur as the card. If they do not read it correctly, they stay where they are. Play continues until one player lands on FINISH!

Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

Looking for more ways for your students to sink their teeth into CVC word practice? This resource can be used as an individual exercise for fast finishers, and to create full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more. 

Challenge students who already understand the concept by having them put the dinosaur word cards in alphabetical order or produce rhyming words for each CVC word.

Invite inexperienced readers to use a visual reminder, like an anchor chart or an alphabet display, to help sound out words. 


During small group instruction, create a grid of CVC word cards on top of a table and give each student a fly swatter. Read the word on one of the cards. The first student to swat the word correctly sets the card aside in their own pile to keep score. The student with the most cards wins. 

Knock Off

Have your students stand up and make a line across the room. Project a CVC word on the screen and use our Random Name Picker widget to draw a student’s name to answer. If the student correctly identifies the word, they tap the person on their left or right to send them back to their seat. If the student answers the card incorrectly, they must sit out. Play continues until there is only 1 student standing.

Scavenger Hunt

Number each CVC word card and hide them around the room when your students are not around. When they return, set them loose—as soon as they find a card, they sound out and write the word on a blank sheet of paper numbered 1-27. When they’ve written the word, they leave the card in the same spot they found it, and then set off to find the others. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time so things don’t get crazy. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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