This word work activity can help students with spelling and decoding words. This activity has a lot of “teachable” moments for word study. It can help develop students’ abilities to see patterns within words. Over time these types of exercises increase students’ ease of decoding words and their reading fluency.
Students cut apart the letters in science vocabulary words found at the bottom of each page and they move the letter cards around to make words. Then students write a list of words they can make with these letters.
This activity was originally designed to be use during a language arts block in an elementary classroom. During Language Arts time, this was used as a word work warm up or used in a station or center on word work. By collaborating with the science teacher, the starting words can align with science curriculum. In the science classroom, this could be a fun and different kind of warm up. Though the science content of this warm up is not rigorous, by playing with science words they become more comfortable with difficult science vocabulary.