Snag these free editable Shamrock Spin & Build Mats to practice spelling words all spring long! Students spin, build, and write the words of your choice.
Editable Shamrock Spin and Build Mats
Your kids will love this fun St. Patrick’s Day activity. It is customizable to be used for math or literacy centers. You could make shamrock-themed mats for letter sounds, sight words, CVC words, or spelling words. For math, it could be math facts or number identification.
* I know that this is actually a four leaf clover, but teachers tend to search more frequently for “shamrock” activities and resources, so I titled it as such. It is also a shorter and more concise way to title the pictures. The mats themselves have no mention of shamrock, so you can refer to them as four leaf clovers with your students.
Your pre k, kindergarten, and first-grade students will love practicing their sight words on these game boards. The spin and build mats are customizable for all your learning needs.
There are eleven spaces for you to fill in on each board. Those eleven words will then auto-populate into the spinner. The activity includes two sets of spin and build mats; a black and white version and a color version.
Makes Teaching Easier!
This fun and engaging activity pack includes a chart that you fill with whatever topic you want your students to practice. The chart has eleven spots to complete, and then it will automatically put those words into a spinner. The students will spin the spinner, and then they will feed the four leaf clover those letters or numbers. There are also lines at the bottom for the student to write the word too. So easy, no answer key needed!
All you need to do is fill in the eleven spaces and print. You can slide them into wipe and write pockets or laminate for durability. This resource includes a black and white AND color option for more printing options.
Setting Up the Lucky Clover Spin and Build Mats
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- Four Leaf Clover Spin and Build Mats (button to access the resource at the bottom of this post)
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- paperclips (for the spinner)
- pencils (for the spinner)
- letter or number manipulatives
- dry erase marker or writing utensil
- Print the mats.
- Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR laminate them.
- Gather other manipulatives.
- Store the entire activity in a large bag or storage container.
How to Use the Spin and Build Mats
To begin, each child gets a mat. They will then use a paperclip and pencil to make a spinner. Once they spin, they build the word inside the clover’s mouth that the paperclip landed on. Then, they will write that word on the line.
For example, if the game board has sight words on it. The student will spin the spinner, and they land on the word “went.” They will then build the word in the mouth of the four leaf clover. Lastly, they will write the word went on the line. Then, erase and spin again.
Your students will be engaged and learning while using these St. Patrick’s Day-themed spin, build, and write mats! You can cover so many concepts since the boards are editable. They would work great for math mats for counting activities, addition cards, number recognition, ten frames, and more.
Don’t just stop with math activities! They could be used to practice word families, CVC words, reading sight words, letter recognition, or making spelling word cards. I love all the possibilities!
These mats are so versatile because they are an editable resource to fit your classroom needs! Some students can work on letters, while others work on numbers, and higher students can work on sight words. These mats would make a great editable sight word game. You could add a recording sheet for higher students to write their answers on.
I love these mats for a way to make learning fun while practicing spelling words! Each student can be working on the words they struggle with the most during the month of March.
Instead of using letter or number manipulatives to build the word, students could use play dough to make the word. Adding a sensory option for another learning experience is always a great idea! Plus, they would be building their fine motor skills. A Saint Patrick’s Day activity could be to have the students use gold coins to make the words!
These mats could even be filled with addition or subtraction sentences that the students must practice and then complete the answer! They could use math cubes to build a tower to match the number sentence or use gold coins or mini erasers to show the number sentence. They could even use magnet numbers to show the math sentence and answer.
Teachers could use these spin and build mats for a literacy center activity, a math activity, a word work station, a small group activity, a sight word activity, in morning tubs, for early finishers, for tutoring groups, as an at-home learning task, and so much more!
As you can see, this versatile free resource is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Add some variety to your math centers, literacy activities, sight word practice, and so much more! The clover theme would work great all spring!
Click the button below to get your free copy of the editable Shamrock spin and build mats! Happy learning!