Kids love to touch things…handle things…manipulate things… it comes as no surprise to teachers that students learn best with lots of “hands on” experiences. Teachers also know that students can “manipulate” items & learn nothing whatsoever!
For many years I have used “slide through” manipulatives such as the Easter eggs in this product, but knew that, in many cases, students were sliding strips like crazy, but failing to practice actually reading the words that were formed with the framed letters. So how could I adapt this activity to hold the students more accountable for active learning?
The activities in this packet were the result of my brainstorming. The product includes:
- 5 eggs, each with a common “word chunk” or “rime” (part of the onset/rime” pair)
- 4 different letter strips to go with each Easter egg (total of 20 strips) with single beginning consonants, consonant blends, and digraphs
- Recording Sheets for each activity
- Answer Key
Students work independently or with a partner reading each of the real or nonsense words formed when these “onsets” are added to the “rime” on the egg by pulling the strips through the frame on the Easter egg. ONLY ONE of the four strips contains a full set of eight beginning sounds that create “real words”, so it is this strip that the students need to discover. Pretty hard to not do some serious decoding during this endeavor, right?!?
Once the students know which strip displays all “correct” beginnings, they record the words created and the strip identification number on the recording sheets provided. For instance, when decoding “op” words, the strip with “m, p, sh, st, h, cr, t, ch” forms “mop, pop, shop, stop, hop, crop, top, chop”, so those are the words to be recorded.
These activities can be done as seatwork, but I prefer to mount them on cardstock, cut out the window and “pull through” lines, and laminate the eggs to create sturdy manipulatives for a literacy word work center. The cutting is a bit tricky and can result in torn strips, so unless your primary age students are super cutters, the teacher or a parent helper should probably prepare the center, which can then be used repeatedly for new classes. I tried my best to make the activity kid-friendly by designing the ends of the strips with half circles and making the cutting lines kind of wide so your students can “weave” them through the egg. I would still recommend a demonstration and or practice with your whole group prior to having your students work independently with the eggs.
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Interactive Easter Word Family Literacy Center Activities
by Amy Bratsos
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