Freshen up your word work activities this spring by incorporating these editable flower word building mats into your literacy lesson plans.
Flower Word Building Mats
If you’re needing a fun and fresh activity for spring word work, this flower word building activity is just the ticket! Plus, these free printables are editable, making it easy for you to work on a variety of words with your students.
Simply add the words you want to practice, print, and you’re ready to go! Since they are editable, you can create several different sets of mats, differentiating the instruction based on your students’ needs. Therefore, you can easily reteach or extend your word work lessons without giving your students a different activity than their peers. This also cuts down on the time you spend teaching students how to use a new activity, as the directions remain consistent.
Each flower word building mat gives students the opportunity to read, build, and write the word. That’s 3 opportunities to work with each word in different ways. This exposure is helpful for students as they master the spelling and sound patterns in the words.
This activity is perfect for practicing any type of word you’re working on in your literacy lessons, such as: CVC words, CVCe words, CCVC words, sight words, spelling words, seasonal words, vocabulary words, color words, number words, and more! With the variety of words you can practice, these mats are perfect for students in preschool and kindergarten all the way through 3rd grade.
Spring is a busy time, leaving no extra time for complicated prep. This flower word building activity is fast and easy to prep, so you can spend your time teaching amazing lessons instead!
All you need to do is type in the words you want to use on the blank word cards on page 4 of this activity. Print and laminate the word cards and word building mats. You can also choose to slide the mats into write and wipe pockets instead of laminating. Store the word cards in zip-top baggies for easy grab-and-go access. You can also label the outside of the baggie so you know which words are included.
Each student will need a set of letter manipulatives to use when building the word. A few great options are magnetic letters, letter beads, letter tiles, letter snap cubes, etc. You can also use the printable letter tiles included in this activity. You may want to laminate these as well if you use them. Each student will also need a dry-erase marker to write the word.
The flower word building mats come in color AND black and white ink so you can use it even if you don’t have access to color printing.
While you’re prepping these mats, you can make several different versions with different levels or types of words by creating different word cards. Simply change out the words on page 4 of the printable each time.
Tip: save a copy of each word list on your computer. After using this activity throughout the spring season, you’ll have a great stash of word cards to choose from to reuse throughout the year.
Differentiating the Flower Word Work
Since you can use so many different words with this activity, it’s a great activity to use for differentiation. Once your kids learn the routine for using these word building mats, they’ll be set to practice any word list you give them.
You may have students working on sight words, CVC words, or alternating between different word lists each day to practice different literacy skills. Whichever word list they’re working on, they’ll gain great practice with this activity.
These flower word building mats can be used for:
- Morning work
- Whole group practice
- Literacy centers
- Word work station
- Leveled, small group practice
- Independent practice
- Early finisher activities
- Spring centers
- Partner practice
- Distance learning
Setting up the Flower Word Building Mats
- Word building mats
- Word cards
- Letter tiles OR other letter manipulative
- Write and wipe pockets
- Dry-erase markers
- Type the words onto the blank cards on page 4.
- Print and laminate the word building mats and word cards.
- Cut the word cards apart.
- Slide the word building mats into write and wipe pockets (if using).
- Gather letter manipulatives OR print and laminate the letter tiles.
- Store the word cards in a zip-top baggie.
- Store the letter manipulatives, word mats, and word cards in a large zip-top baggie, file folder, or colorful tray.
Learning with the Flower Word Building Mats
Using the flower word building mats is simple. Students will draw a word card and place it in the top space on the mat where it says “Read it.” Then, they’ll use their phonemic awareness or recognition skills to read the word.
Next, they’ll build the word using the letter manipulative of your choice in the “Build it” box. You can also have your students choose their letter manipulative if you’d like.
Finally, the students will write the word using a dry-erase marker in the corresponding “Write it” space on the mat.
Before moving on to the next word, they’ll read their word again, erase their writing, and discard the word card into the discard pile.
This flower word building activity is going to bring a ton of hands-on learning fun to your literacy lessons this spring. No matter what words your students are working on, they’ll be well on their way to mastery with all of the great skill practice gained through this activity.
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