Sherri Word Nerd here today! I wanted to share a simple and fun activity that I played with my students last week. The basic foundation of this activity is part of the Take Flight Curriculum by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. As with any #teachertribe teacher, we take a basic activity and "fluff it up" for our students! I believe if an activity is engaging and fun, students will make meaningful connections while playing.
The activity is called SLAP!
This is important to do before playing:
I teach the students three important vocabulary words for the different positions of sounds in a word.
i = initial (first)
M = medial (middle)
F = final (last)
Each set of cards will have IMF cards and a SLAP! card
Laminate and cut out a set for each student.
and place the SLAP card to the side.
I start this activity with my students picking one sound, for example, /p/.
I say one word with the /p/ sound
" (pit) "
We un-blend each sound in the word out together
and then the student(s) move a plastic letter 'p', in this case, or letter representing the sound under the I, M or F card and SLAP their card signifying they are done. Hands go in their lap and no more changes can be made.
I use Mouth Pictures which represent each sound, but plastic letters would be appropriate for the classroom.
You wouldn't think a SLAP! card would make it so much fun, but my students ask to play this activity everyday!!
I love fun and simple - So, here is the file for this activity to download for free b/c we want every teacher, parent or
home-school co-op to be able to help build a solid foundation for success in spelling & reading through teaching these simple, fun and important strategies.
Make it a great week!!