Making words is a perfect literacy activity that allows for differentiation of instruction. Longer words challenge students who need the challenge, while students who need a slower pace and more hands-on instruction also benefit from making words activities. Making words, in my experience, is one of the few literacy activities that is truly multi-leveled without being overly stressful!
As a first and second grade teacher, I used making words weekly in my literacy block. When I left the classroom after I had my sons and began tutoring students with special needs, making words was a staple of my literacy instruction. It teaches students patterns of our language and allows for hands-on manipulation of letters, which makes for a deeper understanding of word structure.
So, in the joy of giving back, now that I am armed with far more graphic design know-how, here’s a fun and FREE making words activity for Valentine’s Day next week!
- our free printable making words activity sheets for Valentine’s Day
1.) First, have students cut off the bottom of the paper and cut out the letter tiles.
2.) There are two ways to approach making words. Either, students have total control of the words they make, manipulate the letter tiles on their own, and fill in the corresponding columns. For students who need more auditory prompts, you give riddles and directives. Start with simple two letter words, and build up to the “mystery” word that is the nine-letter word valentine.
3.) All students LOVED trying to figure out the mystery word.
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