Letter tiles are an amazing resource that afford teachers endless opportunities and ideas of use. Print out this product and use today--great for tactile and visual learners!
This product includes an uppercase and lowercase alphabet set, with vowels in red for easy identification. It also includes all blends--one set in hot pink and the other in black.
Directions for use: Print word building tiles on white paper Keep each set of tiles in its own plastic Ziploc bag, or other individual storage device.
For sturdier tiles use cardstock and laminate
Place a label on the back of each tile (purple dot, blue dot, red dot, etc.) this ensures letter sets are not mixed and pieces don’t go missing.
-Letter matching (match upper case with lower case, use letter tile mat, etc.)
-Beginning and ending sounds (use pictures to match letter and its sound with beginning sound or ending sound of a picture)
-Practicing the alphabet (placing letters in alphabetic order)
-Spelling (stretch out sounds in word, pull letters to match the sounds and spell the word)
-Letter Name Game– call out a letter and have the child pull the letter tile that matches the letter you called
-Letter Sound Game—say a letter sound and have the child pull the letter tile that matches the sound you said.
-Sight word practice
-Manipulation of phonemes (Spell the word cat, now change cat to bat, change bat to rat, etc.)
-Decoding—Segment and then blend simple words
Tips for teaching word families:
-Word families have groups of words that have a common feature or pattern. They have the same letter combinations and same sound. Sometimes word families are called “chunks” or phonograms.
-Many nursery rhymes contain word families, and are a good way to introduce and practice word families.
-Word sorts are great ways to practice word family patterns.
-Use a word family key word (can) and have students generate a list of other family members
-There are 37 common word families, which can help students decode up to 500 words.
-Teaching word families can help students with:
-Decoding unfamiliar words (students will recognize a pattern and be able to apply what they know to the unfamiliar word)
-Fluency—using chunks to say a word instead of sound out each sound speeds up a students reading
-Spelling—students can apply what they know of word families to spell words
-Use word webs. Put a word family in the middle of the web, and students will generate words on the outside of the web that fit the word family.
-Have students go on “word hunts” where they search for specific patterns in books