My favourite teaching resource is letter cards. They are cheap and easy to make. They’re versatile and the kids love them.
What you Need:
- A list of words
- Coloured card (4 or 6 different colours depending on how many sets you’d like to make)
- Black marker pen
- You can also do it with white card and different coloured marker pens
How to Make the Cards:
- Start by creating a list of the words you want the students to be able to spell.
- Check how many letters you need for each word (for example: you need 3 Ps and 2 Es to spell “pineapple”).
- I always make sure that I have at least one of every letter (e.g. X and Z) even if I have no words with those letters.
- Cut the card into appropriate sized pieces. About a quarter of an A4 sheet is probably about right.
- Write the letters on the cards (you can do a mix of capital and lower-case if you like, though I usually just do capital).
- Ensure that you have exactly the same letters for each set that you are making.
- Keep some extra card in case you want to add extra letters (“nineteen” needs 3 Ns).
Some of my favourite ways to use the Cards:
- You can use one set and give them out, one to each student.
- Now ask the students to put themselves into alphabetical order.
- This works well for students in early primary school.
- The main activity I use them for is spelling.
- I divide the students into groups. Each group gets a set of cards.
- I say a word (that’s on the list) and the first team to spell that word with their cards gets a point.
- More interactive and more fun than a normal spelling bee.
- You can also use the cards for anagrams.
- Just ask the students to see how many words they can make with the cards or with a subset of the cards.