Intermediate English

Five versions of Woosh: a game to improve word recognition and fluency

Woosh game instructions

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of research about how re-reading builds students’ fluency and confidence, and how this has a great knock-on effect on their learning in other areas. Re-reading books is great, but I wanted to give students more variation of activities. Playing Woosh requires students to read the same sentences or words several times, which is a sneaky way to build up their fluency and confidence without them noticing. If you use the traditional tales versions of the game, it also gives students a handy summary of the story that they can tell their parents and other teachers. Once students have learned the rules for woosh, they can independently play many variations of the game.

Before using the games, make sure students are very familiar with the vocabulary in the game. I’ve already posted my lesson plan and vocab cards for head, shoulders, knees and toes. For introducing the traditional tales, I always use Twinkl’s Little Red Hen, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Three Little Pigs printable books. *Edited to add* – I’ve just seen that these fab printables from Twinkl are no longer free! They’re still great, but I’ll be on the lookout for a free equivalent for you. Please let me know if you find one! My resources are still all free though 🙂

I’ve made Woosh templates and cards for 5 variations of the game: ‘colors’, ‘head shoulders knees and toes’, ‘Jack and the beanstalk’, ‘the little red hen’, and ‘the three little pigs’. Choose which variation you want to play and then click the thumbnails to download the template and player cards for that variation of the game. You’ll need to print or copy one set of cards and one template for each player.

Rainbow Woosh template

Rainbow Woosh cards

‘Head shoulders knees and toes’ Woosh template

‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ Woosh cards

Jack and the Beanstalk Woosh template

Jack and the beanstalk Woosh cards

Little Red Hen Woosh template

Little Red Hen Woosh cards

Three Little Pigs Woosh template

Three Little Pigs Woosh cards

You might also like…

Elmer’s Colors

Elmer's Colors

Simple Phonics

Simple Phonics

Woosh is featured on this month's Freebie-licious!

Woosh is featured on this month’s Freebie-licious!



  1. Pingback: I am the music man « Early Years English - February 9, 2013

  2. Pingback: All Aboard! A game to encourage positive behavior « Early Years English - February 9, 2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Get notified by email as soon as new resources are added.

%d bloggers like this: