Shannon's Game Competent spellers are good at
recognizing common spelling
patterns. This enables them to
predict how any sound
might be spelt because they know that
there are only a
limited number of options.
For example, if they hear an "o" sound, as in hope,
will consider -oa-; -oe-; or -o-
followed, one consonant
later, by the magic e
Shannon's game helps to develop this kind of
It is similar to Hangman except that the letters have
be guessed in sequence.
- Start by writing the first letter of a word.
- Then put down dashes to represent the other
- Allow ten guesses for the next letter. If there is
correct guess, put the letter in and go on to the
- Continue until the whole word is completed.
- See the example in the panel on the right --------->
it helps to have the alphabet written out
in front of the players.
As players become more competent they are able to
succeed with far
fewer guesses. The game provides an
ideal basis for parents to
discuss the possible choices at
any particular stage.
Click here to watch a Video of Shannon's game being played
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Spelling it Right