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Word Skills Board Game


Words Skills is a fun game that is easy to play and can be used to review word skills such as indicating the beginning sound of a word, the ending sound of a word, middle sound of a word, rhymes, synonyms, and antonyms. It can be used as a stand alone board game or as a supplement for reviewing the 7 core phonics units at Lanternfish ESL (or any other similar phonics program).

Why Word Skills? Word skills are a valuable tool for students as they set out on the road to becoming independent learners. Being able to talk about words is an essential skill language learners will need as they interact with their teachers to figure out spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of new words they encounter.   The words skills include identifying beginning sounds, middle sounds, ending sounds, rhyme, synonyms, antonyms and, if you use one of the advanced versions, spelling and past tense of words.


There are three boards to download depending on whether you want to include Spelling and Past Tense squares or not.


Word Skills Game Board

Basic Word Skills Game Board


Basic Board Plus Spelling Square


Basic Board Plus Spelling and

Past Tense Squares


Rules and Explanation



Support Resources for This Game:

Lanternfish ESL offers a variety of resources that go well with this game. For Young Learners there are the following:


Young Learner Synonym Worksheets


Young Learner Opposite Worksheets


Young Learner Begins With Worksheets


Young Learners Ends With Worksheets


Young Learners Rhymes With Worksheets


Core Phonics Units


10 Word Skills Crosswords


Word Skills Cloze Activities







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