You get 126 pair of mittens with compound words written split between them, 126 snowballs with compound words written in full, mitten and snowball patterns for your students to create their own, an ideas page, and an alphabetized list of all compound words included.
The mitten cards can be copied on white or colored copy paper or card stock. I like to provide a variety of colors to make the activities more appealing. You can use all the cards for one activity or spilt them to use different compound words for different activities.
Here are some ideas I’ve used in my classroom:
Compound Center – Prepare pieces as follows or create your own unique center: I copy mittens on colored cardstock, cut out mitten shapes, and laminate for visual appeal and durability. The snowballs I copy on white card stock, cut out, and laminate. (Great time to utilize volunteers who are willing to do things at home). I place Velcro dots on the thumbs of the mittens and opposite edges of snow ball for easy match-up. I also provide a recording sheet.
Card Games - Use only mitten cards for this. You may want to decrease the size of the mittens when you copy. Cut cards on dotted lines. You can instruct students to play as they would “Concentration” or “Go Fish” (call it “Catch a Snowball” or something more creative).
Interactive Bulletin Board - Place single mittens or just snowballs on a wintery background bulletin board. Place Velcro dots where missing pieces should go. Place additional pieces in a basket near board. Provide a self-check page for students to see if all their matches are correct when they finish.
Create Compounds – Provide students with blank mittens (template included) and let them write their own compound words. I show my students how to use a ruler to make a space for writing their words and then I have them color patterns on the mittens.
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I am a Texas certified Teacher and Librarian with classroom experience in grades K-5. I have earned additional certifications in Reading Instruction, English as a Second Language, and Gifted and Talented. I am also a wife, mother or two, and grandma of four precious children.