Saturday, 27 April 2013

5 Interactive Ways Words Come Alive + a Find a Word Freebie!

I hope you've all had a productive week and an equally unproductive weekend! :P I'd have to share an amusing picture I came accross which summed up my two-week holiday production rate!


BUT... I've miraculously managed to complete a 53-page unit on teaching students about vegetables it includes many math and literacy concepts - take a look at my previous post for more details on it and the freebie included!

Here are 5 Ways you can encourage students to learn about the make-up of works
+ Links to 5 interactive games for skill development:

1. Familiarise yourself as a teacher / educator of the rules of phonology, orthography, morphology and the 
rules and conventions of written English. Phonology includes the sounds the words make such as 'ou' and 'oy' in 'boy'. The orthography includes the spelling and patterns of a word. Morphology includes the conjugations of the verbs and nouns. Here is a cute interactive game called Word Blender.
2. Help students decode letters and sounds. Teaching the sounds that letters make together will help students link the sounds together to form words. Encourage using this interactive game with pictures to motivate children to further develop their skills. The name of the game is called Flags By the Seaside

3. Students need to practice reading as much as they can to develop their understanding of phonemes and sounds. Try using interactive smartboards / movies and songs to develop these skills in a fun way. Here is an interactive game called Dinosaur Eggs where students must listen and choose the correct word they heard. 

4.  Sight word practise. Let's not forget these! The most important part of a syllabus is adding sight word practise worksheets and centers especially for the lower primary grades. Here is a list of online worksheet styles games whereby students choose the correct word they see from a list. They are based on Dolch sight word lists and work well in the interactive classroom. The sight is called Kids Lab

5.  Play games about sound and vowel blends. This will help students get engaged in the word forming process. Here is a fun game especially for the summer months called Sandcastle Quiz.

If you'd like to search and browse through more games, take a look at this page called the Literacy Zone where you can choose suitable games for that computer / ICT sessions throughout the week. 

Now onto this freebie, I've created a find-a-word puzzle using a really cool program I recently came accross called  Word Search Construction Kit. It includes an answer sheet and I've used familiar words and sight words for spring. 

Hope you've enjoyed this post! Until next time. :)

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