I am so excited to be here today! My name is Tessa and I'm from Tales from Outside the Classroom. My blog is mainly geared K-3 but I'm sorta all over the grades. I am curriculum coordinator for my K-8 building. I create items mostly for the teachers in my building so it ranges on grades depending on what they've asked me for. I'd like to share a resource I used with my kinders and firsties when I was a Title 1 teacher. First, I created letter tiles. You can get some for free from this pack by clicking the picture below. It has both capital and lowercase letters. It also has blends and digraphs, and short and long vowel word families. You can just ignore those pages that don't apply to you. :)
- I used them for letter or sound identification. I would dump them all into a container and asked students to draw the letter out and identify it. You can use the few blank tiles to create a BANG game or something similar.
- Making words: I would give students certain letters and ask them to create words based on the letters they had in front of them. I really like the books by Pat Cunningham and used them with my students.
- The final way I used them was to practice phoneme segmentation and blending with real and nonsense cvc words. I laid out the letters into three piles with vowels in the middle. I would strategically place certain letters in certain places. For example, in the beginning, I would only put stretchy sounds in the first place. These are letters like s, m, f, v, etc. and are not letters like t, b, d, j. This is so students can practice blending sounds into words easier since they can put all of the sounds together. I also always put the q, w, y, and h in the first spot and always put the x in the last spot since those letters don't work in the other place so well.