Deloris, Second Grade Teacher
Using word cards for learning.
Type each week's spelling words on a piece of colored paper. Then, draw lines to make them into flash cards. Students cut them apart.
I use the word cards in a variety of ways throughout the week.
On the first day, I always have the students lay them out on their desks. Then, put them into groups however they want. It's interesting to see how they do it. Some will do a group of words they know/don't know, while others will count how many letters are in the words and group them.
Here are some ways to group the words:
- by syllables
- by ones with base words/without
- put them in ABC order
It really depends on the skill you are trying to teach through your spelling words. There are other ways of grouping--think of your own!
On Thursdays, we use the cards in some way. Last week, we made sentences with our spelling words and I "recycled" some sheets of computer paper for the students to use. It worked a lot better than tablet or notebook paper. They actually cut out around the shape of their word and glued it into their sentence. They wrote the rest with pencil. You can also have them to study words w/ a partner using the word cards. The possibilities are endless!
If you try this, please e-mail me and let me know how it goes. If you can think of some other ways to use the word cards, I would love some new ideas!Email: firstname.lastname@example.org