Looking to shake up your centers a little? Teach your students this simple making words activity!
You will need some letter tiles or letter cards. I frequently find games with letter tiles (Scrabble, UpWords, etc.) at my favorite thrift stores for next to nothing.
Here's how it works:
1. Students draw ten letters at random and write each letter on a line at the top of their recording sheet.
2. They use their phonics skills to arrange the letters into a word.
3. They record the word on the provided recording sheet.
4. They continue rearranging their ten letters to make and record more words.
To focus on a particular phonics skill, give then "free" letter patterns (like a_e, ing, ar) that they can use even if they didn't draw those letters. This freebie includes a simple recording sheet with no free letter patterns and a recording sheet with digraphs as free letters to encourage students to practice spelling words with digraphs.