Making Words activities are fun and engaging for students, and they encourage students to manipulate letters and sounds as they explore spelling and phonics patterns. These activities provide structured spelling and reading practice, and an opportunity to play with words that helps students become strong readers and writers. Students can be encouraged to look for letter patterns such as consonant blends, endings, and vowel pairs.
These lessons can be used in a variety of ways. The teacher can vary the amount of structure and scaffolding. The activities can be directed, with the teacher working in a small group or whole class, and instructing students to use the provided letters to make specific words. For more advanced learners, the activities can be used for independent work.
This packet contains activities for twenty different words, in two formats. One format presents letters in alphabetical order, and students work to create small words and then figure out the “big word.” The other format provides students with the big word, and they experiment and manipulate letters to create smaller words.
The unit contains twenty words appropriate for April, May and June themes, plus full-sized examples/keys for each word. Words and phrases included are: caterpillar, love Earth, gardens, jelly beans, wildflower, baseball team, hamburgers, Mother’s Day, summer days, sea turtle, blue whales, chrysalis, red lady bugs, lemonade, swimming pool, soapy bubbles, American flag, ice cream cone, airplane trip, and library books. The student pages are easy to print and use immediately!