Sunday, October 25, 2015

Building Words Helpful Hints

Most of my Building Words resources now come with a Google Slides edition!

Building words helps children learn to decode and blend individual sounds in words. My students LOVE building words and it really keeps them interested and engaged. They enjoy manipulating the letters and seeing how moving just one letter can change the sound and meaning of words. 

Managing the letters in these types of activities can be very challenging because you have to make sure each child has the correct set of letters. When children build words at a station or in small groups, the letters can easily get mixed up and there is nothing worse than hearing, "I have no g! I need a g!" 

I am proud to say that I have come up with a fool-proof way to manage all the letters in my building words activities. And, read below to see what keeps my students from losing their place when they are building words. 

The images above, come from my

You can download a FREE Long a activity sheet here!

If your students need a slightly easier version, then you may want to check out Building Words {Short and Long Vowels Edition}.

And, if you need an even easier version, then check out my

You can download a FREE -ad family activity sheet here!

There is also a fun blends edition, too!

And, last but not least, here is the vowel teams edition!

As you can see, there is a version for every learner!

To help differentiate learning, I bundled ALL of them up! 
Click here for more information!


  1. Helping them see patterns in word "families" is wonderful! Thank you!

  2. Do you have a Let's Build Words for r-controlled vowels? I have looked through TPT and can not locate one!

    1. Hello! Building Words {Challenge Edition} has one sheet with ar words. I will see if I can create an r-controlled vowels edition.


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