Word ladders are a fun way for students to practice spelling, word recognition, decoding, phonics, problem solving and vocabulary. It’s one activity that reinforces learning of multiple common core standards, and is a great brain exercise in language arts!
My word ladders are designed a bit differently than most (I call them “Word Building Mats”). Students can work clock-wise or counter-clockwise to answer the clues (It all comes back around to the original word).
Each worksheet has a number in the upper left corner to correspond with the applicable answer sheet. The number suggests the number of words on the Word Mat and the letter allows you to keep track of the Word Mats within each set.
Included in the FULL PACKET are the following:
*Word Building Mats with 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 words
(over 60 Word Building Mats in both color and in black and white (over 120 total))
*Blank templates of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 blanks for you to fill in with words of your choice...or word lists the students have supplied!
*Answer Building Sheet (to use if laminating the Word Building Mats)
* Answer Key in table format
Color worksheets can be laminated for long-term use. Students can fill out the laminated worksheets using dry-erase markers. After review or grading, just wipe them off and they can be reused again and again. You may choose to have the students record their answers on the "Answer Building Mat" to turn in for evaluation.
Black and White printing is the other option, for those needing to save on color ink, or just want a quick, printable worksheet. The students can color the pictures once the "Word Building Mat" has been completed.
TRY THIS FREEBIE to see how well your students react to using/learning spelling words and vocabulary!
Get the FULL PACKET... Word Building Mats for 3rd - 5th grade
Also available are Word Building Mats for 1st - 3rd grade