Making Words

My reading and writing mini-lessons have been going fantastic this year. I have always loved to connect literature links with my lessons but this year I have been able to add so many more literature links to my teaching.  However, the wallet is a little thin from the money spent on Amazon and Scholastic!  I do also however get a lot of books from the public library.

My most recent literature link was amazing to introduce the concept and first lesson for 'making words.'  'The Alphabet Keeper' by Mary Murphy was such a great introduction.  If you haven't read this book to your students- it is a must!

My pocket chart for my 'Making Words' Lesson

How I store my 'Making Words' Letter Tiles

The letter trays the students use for 'Making Words' lessons

Most of the lessons I use come from


  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I love the letter organization and how you used the holders for cards (I pinned it with a comment saying "Why didn't I think of this. I agree with the wallet being thin..people don't understand exactly how much teachers spend to make a great classroom work. :)

  2. Great post! You've inspired me to start Working With Words again. How's the Edmonton weather? We came close to freezing today in Victoria. Ha ha.

  3. Thanks for the compliment. I just got an iPad and was surprised to see that the side bars don't show up ... so sad 'cause they're all so pretty...and I always get such a kick out of seeing everyone's designs. Enjoy your fall break ~ wish we had one of those:))

  4. Congratulations! I'm passing the Liebster Award on to you. This award is given to up-and-coming blogs. I love the Making Words ideas!

    ❁Beth Ann❁
    Taming My Flock of Firsties