Case of the Mystery Word (Short Vowel Word Family Edition)
by Michelle Mallory's Racing Team
If you loved my original “Case of the Mystery Word” then you will really find this product beneficial. You can use this product alone, at the beginning of the year prior to introducing “Case of the Mystery Word” or at the same time for differentiation or to modify for students. There are 40 short vowel word family lessons. Each lesson "case" begins with a riddle and the word family used for the lesson. Use the clues to help you change the word family into different words. The mystery is solved when you find the last word at the end. The students then have to write a sentence using the mystery word. This is similar to word ladders, but without pictures. All the lessons create one syllable words with the same ending, but students will change, add or take away letters from the beginning consonant, beginning blends and digraphs to make new words. It challenges students to not just keep changing the first letter as most other word family products do, but to follow the directions each step of the way. *See preview for a free sample lesson with answer key!
We all teach differently and I wanted to provide a structure for you to be able to teach the lessons each week in the way that works best for you. This can be used alone, or with any word study program, GUIDED READING, or for interventions for RTI. Each unit has the common core standard listed on it and the word family (rime).
When students take the DIBELS or AIMSWEB oral reading assessments, they do not have any pictures to support their reading. This allows me to scaffold them into reading for meaning without picture support. The answer key has the letters that are changed in red and letters that are the same in black.
On the first day I introduce the word family. I have students use whiteboards and I tell them the clues orally. They follow the directions to make the new word. After they make the word, they have to read it. We will then discuss what it means. This incorporates vocabulary instruction into the lesson and is very helpful for my ESL students and struggling readers.
I will then put it at a literacy station or use it for homework the next day. You can leave the answer key for students to be able to self-check their answers. This is also helpful for when you have guest teachers. I like it because it is all planned out and I can differentiate different lessons for each of my reading groups without having to do extra planning. I have the lessons listed in alphabetical order for easier access, but you can use them in any order that you choose.
Special thanks to Thistlegirl Graphics.