This mitten resource can be used in many different ways for introducing, practicing, or reviewing compound words! Read below for literacy center and game ideas.
There are 126 pair of mittens with compound words written split between them, 126 snowballs with compound words written in full, mitten and snowball patterns for your students to create their own, an ideas page, and an alphabetized list of all compound words included.
The mitten cards can be copied on white or colored copy paper or card stock. I like to provide a variety of colors to make the activities more appealing. You can use all the cards for one activity or split them to use different compound words for different activities.
Here are some ideas I’ve used in my classroom:
– Prepare pieces as follows or create your own unique center: I copy mittens on colored card stock, cut out mitten shapes, and laminate for visual appeal and durability. The snowballs I copy on white card stock, cut out, and laminate. (Great time to utilize volunteers who are willing to do things at home). I place Velcro dots on the thumbs of the mittens and opposite edges of snow ball for easy match-up. I also provide a recording sheet.
- Use only mitten cards for this. You may want to decrease the size of the mittens when you print/copy. Cut cards on dotted lines. You can instruct students to play as they would “Concentration” or “Go Fish” (call it “Catch a Snowball” or something more creative).
Interactive Bulletin Board
- Place single mittens or just snowballs on a wintery background bulletin board. Place Velcro dots where missing pieces should go. Place additional pieces in a basket near board. Provide a self-check page for students to see if all their matches are correct when they finish.
– Provide students with blank mittens (template included) and let them write their own compound words. I show my students how to use a ruler to mark a space for writing their words and then have them color patterns on the mittens on both sides of the word.
Looking for more compound word resources?
Compound Word Three Piece Puzzles
Compound Word Chick and Egg Puzzles
Compound Word Train Activities
I hope your students enjoy using compound mittens as much as mine have! I'd love to know how you plan to or decide to use them in the comment section. :) If you have any questions, please email ResourceRanch@gmail.com