Let's Build with Ending N Blends: Puzzles, Word Building Mats, and More
This ending n blends resource pack includes three hands-on, engaging activities to help your students practice spelling and building words with ending n blends nk, nd, and nt. The activities focus mainly on CVCC words and work well as center activities for first and second graders. A few CCVCC words are also included. They are starred on the word building mats to indicate that they are challenge words.
The following activities are included:
• N Blends Puzzles: Students look at the picture and match the word beginning and blend ending to build the word. A recording sheet and 12 puzzles 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.
• N Blends 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. A recording sheet and 20 cards 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. I recommend going over the pictures as a whole group before doing this as an independent center activity.
• Ants and Picnic Baskets Making Words: Students match each stack of word-beginning ants to different n blend picnic baskets 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.
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.