Add summer-themed learning fun to your lesson plans with these digital ocean word work mats, perfect for use with Google Slides and Seesaw.
Digital Ocean Word Work Mats
As the summer months draw near, your kindergarten and first grade students are working hard to master a variety of literacy skills. These digital ocean word work mats are the perfect way to practice words with various word patterns, phonics skills, and word lists.
This ocean-themed activity is editable, making it easy to differentiate to meet the needs of your students. This also makes it very versatile as you can add any set of words for your students.
With all of these options, this activity can even be used with students in preschool and 2nd grade.
Setting Up the Ocean Word Work Mats in Google Slides
Students may use Google Slides™ to do this activity.
The download file includes a detailed guide with instructions and pictures on how to use this activity with your students, but it is quite simple to do.
If you are an instructor or teacher, you will want to copy the Google Slides assignment to your Google Drive and save it as a master copy.
Make sure that you click the dropdown next to the attachment. Pick the “Make a copy for each student” option.
Setting Up The Digital Ocean Word Work Activity in Seesaw
Students can also use this activity in Seesaw, if you would like.
You will click the Seesaw specific link in the download file. When you arrive at the activity, you will need to click the “Save Activity” button. Then you will assign the activity to your students.
Working on Words
These ocean word work mats are a fun and engaging way for students to apply their literacy skills and practice different word and spelling patterns. This activity is also perfect for sight word learning.
With consistent practice, your students will develop stronger phonics and phonemic awareness skills, leading to better reading fluency and comprehension.
This activity has 18 digital slides with fun sea creatures and ocean animals to give it a fun summer theme. On each of the 18 digital word work mats, students get to work with each word in 3 ways.
First, they’ll read the word in the “Read It” box. Then they’ll build the word in the sand by dragging and dropping the correct sea creature and ocean animal letter tiles. Lastly, they’ll type the word in the “Type It” box. The digital letter tiles are in alphabetical order, so students can use their alphabet knowledge to find the letters they need to build each word correctly.
Options for Differentiating
As this activity is editable, that makes it very easy to differentiate the learning for all of your students. No matter which words you include for each student, the activity will look the same for them all, which keeps it fair for all students. This also allows the directions to remain consistent.
You can use different sets of words for different students or small groups of students depending on the skill they’re working on and the words they need the most practice with.
This activity would be a great addition to:
- Whole group instruction
- Small group instruction
- Literacy centers
- Independent practice
- At home learning
- Technology centers
- Summer learning
- Morning work
- Early finisher activity
This activity can easily be assigned via any digital learning platform, such as Google Slides or Seesaw if you have students practicing at home.
Extending the Ocean Activity
If you have students who are mastering their word work activities and are ready for a challenge, there are several ways you can extend this activity with a simple piece of paper and pencil or a whiteboard and dry-erase marker.
A few options are:
- Complete each slide and write the word on a whiteboard.
- Complete each slide and write a sentence using the word on a whiteboard.
- Finish all slides and write the words in alphabetical order on a whiteboard.
- Write a paragraph or story using all of the words.
- Use letter manipulatives or ocean-themed mini erasers to build each word.
- Create their own list of 18 words to add to the slides and practice.
I hope your students have a blast working on a variety of words this spring and summer with these editable and digital ocean word work mats.
Click the button below to get the editable Digital Ocean Word Work Mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.