Students create sliders to reinforce their decoding skills and build vocabulary. It can be used with any word family or ending.
Rhyme Recognition/Rhyme Generation
Long strips of construction paper in 2 different colors for -AIN words
Student worksheet (elongated heart shape), 1 per student
Who remembers what a word family is? What sounds would the letters A and N make if they were placed together? What if we were to add a P in front of AN- what word would that make? What if we change the P to the letter M? What word would that make then? So far we have made the word PAN and MAN, what other words can we make?
Cut out small windows on the front left part of an index card.
Place the index card with the small window cut out of it on top of another index card that is solid.
Staple the index cards together along the shorter sides, leaving both the top and bottom parts open.
Cut an index card into 3 or 4 strips lengthwise.
You will be able to insert the longer pieces of index card you cut lengthwise under in between the two cards stapled together. Place the long strip under the window and make sure it can move freely up and down.
Distribute to students.
Ask students, What is a word family? What sounds would the letters A and N make if they were placed together? AN
What if we were to add a P in front of AN- what word would that make? Let’s try it and write the letter P onto the moveable index card strip that’s visible under the window on our decoder books. Make sure students have the top of strip pushed to the top of the book so both the strip and book are even at top so they can push it up after writing the first letter so they can make multiple words.
What word did we make? PAN- that’s right! Let’s see if we push our strip up, what other words we can make.
Have students push the strip up and ask What if we change the P to the letter M? What word would that make then? So far we have made the word PAN and MAN, what other words can we make? Create the word AN word family so students understand how changing the initial consonant with the base word creates a new word each time.
*** You can also cut the top index card to have 2 windows on opposing sides of the cards so one window is where the initial consonant will be and the opposing window if far enough to the left for the students to be able to write the base of the word family. This window slot can be used with the same slider concept so each time you introduce a new initial consonant the students can draw a quick sketch of this- so for pan they can sketch pan in the opposing window, for man they can sketch man in the opposing window. This makes it a little more fun but also helps students connect each word with a picture.
Sliders can be used to help generate silly sentences. For example: The train in the rain had a pain in its’ brain. Please note that all silly sentences must make sense! Slider can be used to teach many word families (ING, AND, AIN, etc.)
Sliders can also be used to reinforce final consonants. To do this, just reverse the format of the slider. Write a beginning consonant or blend on the slider, and write various endings on the blue strip. You could also do this in an opposite way if instead of teaching word families, you are teaching blends or ending sounds.