Purpose: to give learners practice phonics and spelling.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Materials Needed: paper or card stock to make letter tiles.
Preparation: cut paper into 1 x 1 inch cards. You will need enough for each student to have 8 cards.
- Write eight letters on the board. Five consonants and three vowels (e.g. s, t, l, m, r, o, e, i)
- Have students put each letter on a separate letter card (like Scrabble tiles). Model this for them.
- Explain that the task is to see how many words can be made using one or more of these letters. Start by seeing if the students can make any one-letter words (eg, "I"). If they can, have them write the word down on a spare piece of paper (or on the board if doing this as a group activity). Move on to two-letter words (eg, me, it, to, as, etc.) When you have run out of two-letter words, move on to three letter words and so on.
- You can have students work individually, pairs, groups or as a whole group to do the activity.
- Choose your letters carefully. You may decide to give them two of letters that are commonly doubled in words (f, s, m, l, etc.)
- This activity can be recycled frequently simply by chosing different letters. You can make it harder or easier based on the letters chosen.