Choose a word that you can use to study word properties. Give each student the strip with the letters in alphabetical order.

a

b

e

l

l

m

r

u

Have the students cut apart each letter and manipulate and sort the letters to form new words as well as looking at word endings, prefixes, suffixes, and many word properties and word families. You can fill out the chart below as a group or give pairs of students the chart to fill out.  Tell students to keep the mystery word silent and not to “step on each other’s thinking” by yelling out the answer. The final word contains ALL the letters they were given on the strip.

1   letter words

2   letter words

3   letter words

4   letter words

5   letter words

6   letter words

7   letter words

Mystery   Word

 

 

           

 

 

1   letter words

2   letter words

3   letter words

4   letter words

5   letter words

6   letter words

7   letter words

Mystery   Word

a

be

me

 

 

bam bell

ball

 

meal

real

mule

rule

bale

male

lamb

    umbrella

 

Once students are comfortable with the activity ask students to bring in a “challenge word” to try.

This activity differentiates instruction because there are so many ways to sort the letters. “By beginning with short easy words and building to larger words, it provides practice for your lowest level and a challenge for all”

Source:

Making Big Words

Patricia Cunningham

 

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