|Here's a close up of our "Star" Words on straws......|
My kids have been having trouble distinguishing between "or" and "ar" sounds in their writing and mixing them up. I've done all the reminding, rewriting the correct spellings on their sloppy copies during writing workshop AND giving or and ar words on spelling lists. But that hasn't done the trick! Now I'm taking another approach. I'm using a couple of ART PROJECTS to teach phonics and help us remember how to write AR and OR sounding words!
So this week we did 2 fun activities. First we made a brainstorm list on the board of all the "ar" words we could think of. They had to be words where we distinctly heard the R say it's own name. We came up with over 45 words! Then I gave the kids each a "star" cutout and had them choose as many words to write on both sides as they had time in about 6 minutes. They wrote words on their star using both sides. Then we taped a straw on one side. And then came the fun part.
|It was a great idea...and a very motivating and challenging game.....good way to differentiate too!|
|They all tried to stump me with "carpenter" and "pharmacy" hehe...I played too!|
|Wow they are really proud of their stars aren't they? hehe|
Next we had to do something for OR words. I had seen a creative idea from a blogger who had used Let's Get Poppin' a cute unit by Babbling Abby Link HERE. So we made some popcorn tubs and had a contest to see who could come up with the most "OR" words. The contest was a GREAT MOTIVATOR!
|Popcorn is popping in Room 6!|
|Lots of "bossy E" ore words|
|Some were just cvc pattern words|
|Kids will do better spelling "OR" words from now on....fingers crossed!|
Now all we need is some a good movie and some butter for our popcorn!