I am linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It.
I saw this pin on Pinterest for word building. Which was awesome because I do this all the time already with my kids! We use Elkonin boxes or sound boxes as I call them every day! I use them whole group during our Morning Meeting for a quick assessment and also during my guided reading groups.
I have kids start with a vowel in the middle and then I call out changes for them to make:
Make the word rat.
Change 1 letter and turn rat into hat.
Change 1 letter to turn hat into hot.
Click on the pic to head over to Make, Take, Teach and get some word building lists and a mat!
have my kids use the sound boxes with magnetic letters and with dry erase markers. I never had letter tiles to use until now! I have the plastic squares she mentions using but decided I didn’t want to write on them. Soo..I decided to use what I used for making my kids math bag counters. Foam Squares! Super easy to cut and make!
I buy these foam sheets from the Dollar Store for math counters and now word tiles!
I then measure and mark out 1 inch squares. They fit perfectly on these sheets.
I use a sharpie to write letters on the tiles. I like to make vowels 1 colour and consonants another. I decided to make 6 of each letter for each tray. Once written, let dry a few seconds and cut out!
I usually use small clear trays that hold beads for my other letter tiles but couldn’t find them anymore. I did find these colourful ones at another dollar store. I like to label each compartment with the letter so that kids know where to put each tile back. It helps with organization and kids aren’t spending their time searching for a letter when they should be working. Some compartments have 2 letters.
Finished Tiles! Each box will hold enough tiles for 3 kids to find the letters they need to build with during whole group. During small group, everyone will get their own box.
Cheap and easy!