Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Word Work Activities for Valentine's Day

Each week on ready-set-read, I share a word work activity or tip for your home or class. Today I'm tackling phonograms or word families. The purpose of teaching these word families is not to cover every single possible phonogram. Rather, the purpose is to help children notice and use the patterns that are in words. According to Fountas and Pinnell, authors of The Phonics Lessons,

"Knowing spelling patterns helps children notice and use larger parts of words, thus making word solving faster and more efficient. Patterns are also helpful to children in writing words because they will quickly write down the patterns rather than laboriously work with individual sounds and letters. Finally, knowing to look for patterns and remembering them help children make the connections between words that make word solving easier."
I thought it would be fun to add a seasonal twist to word study this winter. My son isn't keen on working on reading when he gets home from school. If he thinks I've made a "game" for him, he's eager to play! Just adding hearts and bugs to a normal picture and word sort made him game to try this word work activity.

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Valentine's Day Word Work Activity

Love Bugs is a fun game for students to practice sorting word families. There are two word families for each short vowel. 

For each word family, there are both picture sorts and word sorts to accommodate the individual need of the child. 

The word families included are –an, -at, -en, -ed, -ig, -ick, -ot, -op, -un, -unk. Love Bugs love to eat hearts. Be careful, if you feed them the wrong word family, they’ll get love sick!
You can purchase these already made games in my teachers pay teachers store.


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