Dominoes can be played by any age group. For larger groups, make one set of tiles for every 5 people. There are three sets, phonetic, compound word, and irregular verb, each containing 48 pieces with double word and blank tiles.
The beginning game uses all short vowel words and minimal pairs. The teacher has the option of allowing the students to match the vowel sounds or directing the students to only match minimal pairs. The compound word set is targeted for advanced beginners and intermediate students. Teachers can increase the difficulty by stating that all words must face the same direction. Tiles should not be placed upside down in order to create a match.. The irregular verb set contains present and past tense verbs. This set can also be made more difficult by stating that matches cannot be created by placing tiles upside down.
How to Play
Place all tiles face down on a flat surface. Play of game should begin after each student has selected six tiles from the pile. The student who draws a double word tile will place it in the center of the playing surface. The student on the left must make a match using a tile from their hand or draw a new tile from the pile. The student will continue to draw a tile until they can make a match. Once a match has been made, play passes to the next student. Play continues until one student has no more tiles in their hand or there are no more tiles in the piles.
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