Solve the “Mystery Words” by writing down the letter that makes the beginning sound of each picture! ... Ex... turtle=t hippo=h elephant=e Together it spells ... “the”
This could be placed in one of your Literacy Centers, to be worked on at a table, on the floor with a clipboard or even for “Write the Room”! You can hang each card up around the room and give the students a recording sheet on a clipboard. The numbers on the cards will correspond with the numbers on the recording sheet. (I would laminate them for durability!)
The master list can also be used to check the answers. You can hang it up in the room somewhere and have them check their work when they are done. When I do this, I make it as a “lift the flap” so that the answers are not out in the open.
Another option for this activity is in your Guided Reading Groups as a Word Work Activity or to have a parent volunteer sit with students to solve the “Mysteries”! For this I would laminate the cards so that the students can write right on the card!
The beginning sounds for each letter correspond with Jack Hartmann’s “Learning Letter Sounds” song on his “Shake, Rattle and Read” CD.
I have included a chart to be used as a reference to know what letter each picture stands for. The chart can be sent off to be printed as a poster size and then hung up in your room!
All the words come from Jan Richardson’s Level A-D lists.
The sight words for Level A are: am, at, can, go, is, me, my, see, the, to, up, we (I added two extra words: “I” and “a”)
The sight words for Level B are: and, do, got, had, has, he, his, in, it, like, look, on
The sight words for Level C are: are, come, did, for, get, have, here, him, of, play, said, she, will, you
The sight words for Level D are: all, down, saw, that, they, this, was, went, what, when, where, with
Along with each level set of “Mystery Words”, I have made a page that has nine Mystery Words from the level list to solve. (The first one is done as an example.) This page would be great for Homework or Morning Work!