Making Words

 

This lesson comes from the Making Words block of the Four Blocks Literacy Model.  The Bethalto School District has had numerous trainings in Four Blocks over the last few years, and this is one activity that I use repeatedly in my third grade classroom.  There are several reasons why I think these lessons are beneficial for my students.  Most importantly, it helps them to become better spellers and decoders.  I use Making Words to teach students that there are patterns in words and that a little change in the letters of a word changes it in a predictable way.  My students also find out that words can be sorted into patterns and then used to read and spell other words.  Making Words is a lot of fun if you keep it fast paced.  When you are finished, the students are still eager to make other words with the letters.

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