This is a fun, whole class or small group activity to practice spelling and working with words. I love it because it incorporates word play and my students love it because they enjoy figuring out the “mystery word.”
How to Play:
- I think about what spelling patterns I want my students to practice.
- I think of a word that has many of the letters I want to use in it. I try to think of words that are 7-10 letters.
- I brainstorm all of the words I can make with the given letters. I try to think of at least 5-7 that fit a certain spelling pattern.
- I give my students the letters needed and give directions on building each word.
- Use three letters to spell the word ran.
- Add one letter to spell rain.
- After students have built all the words, I ask them to figure out the mystery word. This is their favorite part! If they can’t figure it out, I give them clues.
- First I give them word clues (It is a compound word. It rhymes with “main”)
- Then I give them content clues (It is a vehicle. It flies in the sky…etc.)
It is a fun activity that involves visual, auditory, and kinesthetic practice. It will be perfect for all the learners in your classroom!
For a complete 4 week mini-unit on Long A Vowel Patterns, check out my Mystery Word Product in my TpT store.