• Blend Puzzles: Students look at the picture and match the blend and word ending or beginning to build the word. Recording sheets are included. If you do not wish to use the recording sheet, you can make this activity self-checking by writing the word on the back of the card.
• Blend Word Building Mats: Students take a half-page card, look at the picture, and build the word. Sound boxes are provided. Magnet letters work well for this activity, but it can also be done as a write-and-wipe activity using dry erase markers on laminated cards. Recording sheets are included. Again, if you do not wish to use the recording sheet, you can make this activity self-checking by writing the word on the back of the card.
• Making Words Activities: Students match blends with word endings and beginnings to make as many words as they can. A recording sheet is included. Many word-making options are possible and a possible answers sheet is included for teacher reference.
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I have been teaching elementary school in an urban district in Massachusetts for six years. I began my career teaching in first grade and have now transitioned into second grade. I especially enjoy creating engaging book studies and center activities for my students.
I believe in providing my students with plenty of positive reinforcement and a variety of ways to access any and all academic content. My lessons incorporate authentic, hands-on, and cooperative learning experiences whenever possible, and I provide many opportunities to build reading and writing skills across all content areas.
I hold a bachelor's degree from Clark University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Education and Sociology. My master's degree is in Teaching and is also from Clark University.