I don't know about you, but with First grade one of our favorite activities we do every Thursday is titled, "Making Words." I give the students a set of letters. These are already divided into baggies. The students are being Detectives and have to figure out the "mystery word!" In order to do this, the child has to make all different size words with the letters involved in the mystery word. The kids love it, at times it is challenging but we make it lots of fun.
I usually partner the students up for this activity. After about 10 or 15 minutes of making words with their partner we then go to whole group and make giant list of words we all came up with! We sort them by 1 letter, 2 letter, 3 letters and so on. We look at the similarities in the words with onsets and rimes, we look at word families, vowel sounds and so much more.
The problem with my Making Words activity was the sheet was boring.. so I jazzed up the paper we record on. I have never posted a paper like this so I will try to do so properly!
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I tried to download it a few different ways... let me know if it works!!
My new Making Words Paper!