The Pairs in Pears Game is an excellent supplemental material for your literacy block. There are numerous possibilities for students of varying age levels and abilities.
With the Pairs in Pears Game, students who are emergent readers can complete matching activities and improve their memory skills. With my emergent readers, I take one set of letter tiles, flip them upside down, and display a letter of the alphabet for the students. I have them say the letter name, sound, and keyword. Once they correctly identify all three, I have the student find the matching letter of the alphabet that is face down.
The letter tiles can also be used as manipulatives. I write my students’ spelling/vocabulary words on a note card, set-up an independent work station, and have the students use the letter tiles to practice spelling/copying the words. It is beneficial because the students can physically manipulate the letters to create the words.
Patterning/sequencing activities are also commonly used when playing with the Pairs in Pears Game. Each of the 4 alphabet tile sets are different colors/patterns. These differences allow me to develop AB, ABA, ABC, and ABBA patterns with the letter tiles. I challenge my students to identify and continue the patterns I create, find missing pieces I have left out of my patterns, and test them by having them develop their own patterns.
I also use Pairs in Pears with my older students. I arrange a small group of students and give them each a designated number of tiles. The students then use word recall and construct as many words as possible. Students earn points for the number of words they develop and a higher amount of points are earned for longer words created. To throw in extra challenges, I will put rules in where students must develop rhyming words, words with the silent “e,” or other various grammar rules.
The Pairs in Pears Game is a wonderful resource to have in your literacy block. There are numerous activities/skills that can be used to reinforce your literacy program. It is a great hands-on tool that makes students interact with the words and letters. I would recommend it for teachers who work with students of all ages.
This teacher review was brought to you by Kendall Kutska, a Special Education Teacher in an Illinois Elementary School. Kendall works in a 3rd through 5th grade instructional classroom, teaching many subjects, one of which is English.