Thanks for checking out my “Making Words Lessons: Animals” lessons. These lessons are sure to engage your students in fun, meaningful phonics activities. All you need to do is print the lesson materials and cut the cards needed. You can cut the student cards ahead of time, have a parent volunteer prepare the cards (cut and place in baggies), or have students cut their own letters apart.
Each Making Words lesson is multi-level; this helps you with differentiation during your lesson. The lessons start with easier words and progress to harder words. Don’t worry about every student being able to do all the harder words or being able to guess what the big word is. That will come as they progress. The key is to make sure that each student makes the word. If they struggle, just make sure that once the word is made in your pocket chart that their word matches. Then they can continue to progress throughout the activity.
Big Words lessons in this unit:
1. Animals – focuses on -am, -ail, -ain, adding -s
2. Insect – focuses on short e vs. short i, homophones, Singular vs. Plural
3. Turtles – focuses on -est/-ust, /tr/, short e
4. Turkeys – focuses on sounds for /y/ - /y/ (sky, try), /ey/, /y/ (yes)
5. Rabbit – focuses on VC, -at, -ar
6. Dolphin – focuses on short i pattern, short o pattern, -old
7. Spider – focuses on short and long i, VC vs. VCV, /pr/ /sp/ and /dr/
8. Penguins – focuses on short e vs. short i, VCV, /ng/
You may wish to purchase my alphabet set for Making Words instead of copying the letter cards for each lesson. The set is intended to be copied on card stock, laminated and stored so you can just pull letters that you need for each lesson. I use a fishing tackle box with drawers (1 for each letter). I’ve also seen other teachers use sewing boxes. You just need a different compartment for each letter. Copy one set of letters per student and store altogether. A student helper can help sort letters in baggies and students love to help sort them back into their appropriate drawers (great job for one who is working on letter recognition still!).
Happy Teaching! - Martha from "The Owl Spot"
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