The final day of small group instruction is used to work on word skills. These skills might include phonics and word patterns. Some weeks I use this final day to complete running records to make sure I am placing students in the correct groups.
One of my favorite resources for phonics instruction is Phonics They Use by Patricia Cunningham.
Word Families Illustrations Give students a word family word from the book they have read this week. Students create their own words and place one in each box. Students then illustrate the meaning of each word
Word Sorts Write nine or ten words from the book your students are currently reading on sentence strips. Cut the strips to fit the length of each word. Begin by having students read each word. Then, the students will sort the words. Give them categories such as number of letters, syllables, long vowel or short vowel sounds, and beginning letters.
Blend Blast Before making copies, write a blend in one starburst. In the other two starbursts, write the letters that make up the blend. For example, one starburst will contain tr, one will contain t and the other will have r written in it. With your group, brainstorm words that fit in each group. Students may write truck, trail and trash in the tr column. The t column might have ten, top and time while the r column could have rain, rip and run. This can be done for any of the blends.
Word Builders Students use the letters given to create the words you read to them. You will find our word builders activties here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/10/04/word-builders/
You might also choose to word on compound words, contractions and word endings. Look at the word skills your students are struggling with throughout the week and create an activity to fit the skill.
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