from Kindergarten, and I asked him how he liked his activity--I knew I had found a winner! :) I had given a set of my CVC Making Words activities to his Kindergarten teacher. He really enjoyed it (even though I think he was supposed to write an for number 5, but whatevs). Sooo...What is making words? Making words is a hands-on approach using letter manipulatives so students can see how words are formed and spelled.
I know with some making word activities, they give you a set of letters. You build 2 letter words, 3 letter words, and so forth. My Making Words block is more detailed.
For example, I would give them a sheet of letters with a place to record (practicing handwriting as well), something like the picture below.
Instead of having them build words (which I've done that with classes previously), I have them build the first word. Then one student records it on our board, while I'm monitoring the other students. (They LOVE writing on the board, and my rule is---they have to be trying the words with their letters--or they can't go up.) Then we all record the word on our paper before moving to the next word. My second set of directions would be to add a letter to _____________, take away a letter __________, rearrange the letters, etc. We continue this pattern all the way through our words. (I have been trying to work my making words lessons around the spelling words in Treasures), but here is an example of the directions sheet---it goes with the list of words in the picture above.
I really do enjoy doing the activities with my students this way. They love them too---they know we have a crazy schedule and we at least do this activity once a week--usually on Wednesday. When I say take our your pencils and scissors, they immediately say YES! I love doing this! (No joke--I have even asked my principal during my evaluation year to observe one of these lessons, as I had a class say the same thing EVERY time). It reinforces our phonics pattern for the week, and they have fun doing it.
You can click HERE to download the s blends page I've posted in the pictures.
I have also made a few at my store. Check them out! :)