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Confusing Words

I've noticed during my students' reading that there are several words that look very similar and always confuse my kids.  Words like these are really tough for my kids with reading disabilities:

how ~ who
was ~ saw
felt ~ left
lost ~ lots
there ~ where

A lot of these words have the same letters but in a different order or maybe only 1 or 2 letters are changed.  I started making a list of these words and came up with about 48 words that my kids regularly get confused.  After all, it sure does a change the meaning of a sentence if you're reading:

I was a big, fat pig.

When really the sentence should read:

I saw a big, fat pig.

I made this Cruisin' Through Confusing Words game for my students to play.  Hopefully, the repetition of practicing these words over and over will help.  Click on the picture to get your own copy.

I'm also thinking about making an I Have - Who Has game that would use these same words.  That would be even tricker for them to play since both confusing words would be on one card, BUT I think it would help them out.  Would anyone be interested in an I Have - Who Has game?

On a personal note, I had the extra time to make this game today, since I took a personal day off.  You see my babies (AKA 5-year-old triplets who despise being called babies) graduated from preK today.  {sniff, sniff}  Yes, I got choked up and fought back the tears as they walked across the stage.

However, maybe what I should be doing is rejoicing.  Another triplet mama commented today "congrats on letting them live this long!"  Believe me, when I they were babies I NEVER thought I would get past the baby stage.  I thought I would be up all night, changing diapers, and feeding babies EVERY DAY of my life.  Then when they were in the terrible 2s and became climbing maniacs with siblings to encourage them climbing out of their cribs, I would sit and cry at their door, because I was simply outnumbered (my husband was also deployed which didn't help me out).  It's hard to believe that we have all survived this far, and they will be moving onto {gasp} Kindergarten in just a few short months.


  1. Thanks! This is great! My oldest is starting kindergarten this fall too. He's so really and very excited, but it does make me a bit teary. :)

    Stay and Play

  2. This game looks amazing! I will print and laminate and use it by the end of the week! An I Have, Who Has game sounds great! The more they practice, the better they will become at reading the words.

  3. This is such a cute game! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I just discovered your blog and I'm in LOVE with it! I'm also a teacher in Florida. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful resources and games!

  5. My ELL students have the same problem. Thanks for this.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  6. I love this game and am printing it out now!
    My students love, "I have, Who has" and anything to provide them with more exposures to the words will help them with their automaticity!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Mrs. Mc
    Little Literacy Learners

  7. Love the game! Thank you! Congrats to your triplets! My son will be graduating from preschool in a few weeks. I'm crying already. :)
    Funky First Grade Fun

  8. I just stumbled upon your blog. I love it! This is going to be such a useful game! My kids have the same problem confusing these words. So, yes, I would love a I Have, Who Has game.

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