Friday, January 6, 2012

Paper Word Chains


The spelling words just keep on a ’comin. I hope I don’t run out of creative ways for my son to practice them anytime soon! So far, he’s gotten perfect scores on the post-tests his teacher is giving each week. (Keep your fingers crossed!)

Simply reading the words on his spelling list and having him write them never goes well. [Imagine copious amounts of whining.]

When I read another blogger’s post about how all kids like making paper chains, I recalled the few other times he’d made them and realized that she was speaking words of profound wisdom!

So when my son came home toting a short list of the week’s spelling words, I was ready. I’d cut what seemed like a zillion strips of colored construction paper (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit; there were more like 30).

While he tossed back some fruit snacks, I used a permanent marker to write one letter of each word from the list onto every strip. Then I scrambled the strips, and handed him the pile along with the stapler.

I told him to lay out the strips so he could see all the letters. Then I read the first word on his spelling list: dog. (The words get progressively harder.) He grabbed a strip with a d, an o, and a g and put them in order.


Then I reminded him how to make a paper chain. Just like the blogger had said, he was positively giddy at the mere mention of doing this.

One by one, he worked through each of the words, making several small chains, until the grand finale, when he made yesterday into a chain. “Did I get it right, Mom?” he asked.


“Yep, that’s how you spell yesterday,” I responded. To which, he exclaimed loudly, “WOO HOO!”

Before we finished for the day, he stretched out the chains, putting them in order from longest to shortest along the table’s edge – yesterday at the beginning and dog at the end.


Later that night, he added loops between each word chain to make one very long necklace. I’d wish that he could wear it for his post-test, but after this activity, I just don’t think he’ll need it.


TIP: If you do this activity with your child, be sure to put a line under letters like n and u because if the strips get turned upside down, the letters could easily be confused! 

NOTE: It's easy for the letters once added to the chain to appear upside down. I didn't worry about this; after all, it's the spelling and order of the letters that's most important.

19 comments:

  1. Definitely gonna give this a try! Thanks!

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  2. Great idea! Those are definitely words of wisdom--I remember adoring paper chains, too. :)

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  3. I don't blame him. I don't like to sit and write either! I love hands-on activities, and this looks fun!!

    Brittney
    www.moms-heart.blogspot.com

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  4. How fun is this!! Definitely need to try this :) Would like to invite you to share this on Sharing Saturday

    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday-am-thrilled-to-be.html

    Have a happy day
    ~MiaB

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  5. Hey! I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Hop over and check it out! :)

    Oh My Little Classity Class

    PS: This idea is on my lesson plans for this week at school! LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

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  6. What a wonderful site! I am so glad I found it! I am your newest follower! Come see me too!
    ~jeannie~
    ­ Kindergarten Lifestyle

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  7. LOVE this! Great for sight words too - will so be using this fun idea!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I shared on FB & twitter & will be pinning ya too!

    Bern

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  8. What a great way to help kids learn how to build/make words!! LOVE this & am totally using this! I shared this with my facebook readers. Thanks for linking up to TGIF. Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

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  9. This is such a great idea!! It certainly keeps the spelling list fun. Glad you shared at AfterSchool.

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  10. What a fun way to practice spelling words!

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  11. What a fun way to practice! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  12. This is fantastic- I just pinned it on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

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  13. Just thought I'd let you know that I featured this on Sharing Saturday. Please grab a button, you deserve it.

    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday.html

    ~MiaB

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  14. What a fantastic idea!!!! I'm a new follower!

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  15. Neat idea, I think I'm going to try this with my first graders!
    Jacqueline (visiting from 2 Posh Lil Divas)

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  16. Just to let you know, I mentioned you in a post. This clever activity gave me the inspiration to use paper chains with my students. you can check it out here..
    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/02/simple-valentines-day-activities.html

    ~MiaB

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  17. Hello,

    Nice to find your blog... I shared this post on my facebook page. Thanks!

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