Do your students need practice spelling CVC words and writing sentences? This activity has you covered! “I Spy” combines the fun of a classic children’s game with the skills of spelling and writing! Your students will adore becoming a “spy” as they record CVC words in their special detective journals! This game provides practice with spelling a total of 45 different short vowel words (9 for each vowel). This wide variety of adorable graphics will keep your students engaged and working meaningfully on their writing.
In this product you will receive the following:
*“My I Spy Journal” Cover Page (boy and girl option included)
*Journal Writing Pages (three options: word only, word with one writing line, or two lines)
*Writing Checklist Sheet (cut on the provided lines to create four mini sheets per page)
*Short A Picture Slide with the following graphics: cat, hat, cab, fan, bat, map, can, rat, bag
*Short E Picture Slide with the following graphics: bed, web, jet, hen, ten, pen, vet, men, net
*Short I Picture Slide with the following graphics: pig, kit, six, dip, lid, bib, bin, fin, wig
*Short O Picture Slide with the following graphics: dog, fog, mop, fox, top, cob, log, pod, box
*Short U Picture Slide with the following graphics: bug, sub, jug, sun, gum, mug, hut, tub, nut
*4 Different “Mix” Picture slides containing a mixture of CVC words from previous slides
*This variety allows for flexibility in implementation. You can either choose to focus on one isolated vowel at a time, or use the mixed up slides to provide a challenge!
Implementation: Select the CVC picture slide that you want to focus on. Place this slide on your Smart board/projection device for students to see. Explain to the class that they are going to play a game of “I Spy”. Eventually a student volunteer can be selected to give the class clues about one of the pictures on the slide. For the first time or two of conducting this writing game, I suggest that the teacher gives the clues as to provide modeling. Begin by giving students one clue about one of the pictures on the I Spy slide (for example, “I spy with my little eye something that can meow.”) Call on students to guess your object. Give students as many clues as they need in order to correctly name your object.
Next, demonstrate for students how to complete their journal page. Model for students how to illustrate the guessed object inside of the box at the top of their journal page. Next, as a class, practice segmenting the word and identifying the 3 phonemes in the word (for example: cat- /c/ /a/ /t/). Show students how to write the correct letters for each phoneme in the smaller boxes within the sentence “I spy the ___.” Lastly, model writing the completed sentence on the line at the bottom of the page (“I spy the cat.”) Distribute student journals for independent practice!
I hope that you find this activity to be fun and engaging for your students! My kindergarten classes always love this writing activity from year to year. I would LOVE if you became a follower! Just click “Follow Me” next to my logo!