Circular Search is an activity designed to give students practice with recognizing common words that contain a repetitious pattern of letters. It can be used with small groups, individual students,
or even an entire class. It's a good way to begin or end a Language Arts class with your whole class, taking at most five minutes to present one word.
Students examine a Circular Search card on which are placed several letters in a circle. They start at any place on the circle and try to form a word by reading the letters in a clockwise fashion. Letters will overlap, or repeat, to form the word.
For example, Card #1 contains the letters B, O, N. Using these letters in clockwise order, you would form the word “bonbon”. Notice how you must repeat the letters in order until an actual word is formed.
To use this activity with the whole class, simply draw the circle and letters on the chalkboard.
Circular Search is easy to prepare and assemble. Just print all of the pieces for Circular Search on card stock or heavy weight paper. For durability, laminate all the pieces. Cut the cards apart. Store all the pieces in a large envelope or zipper style plastic bag. It's ready to be used and enjoyed!