Currently, I have a few students working at each level (initial/final sounds, blends/digraphs, long vowel patterns, and short vowel patterns). Having students at each level is always a challenge, but a variety of my activities can be adapted to fit all learning levels.
The activity I am sharing today is currently being used for short vowels, but I am thinking about creating this for some of my other spelling levels as well.
How it works...students slide the two pink strips up and down to create words with the given vowel. I store these in Gallon size Zip-Loc bags.
How to make them...Ok, these weren't the easiest to make, but they turned our super durable and have held up really great for over a year. First, I made the strips (2 vertical consonant strips and 1 horizontal vowel strip) on boardmaker. Then I laminated all the strips. Lastly, I used a razor to cut two slits on each end of the vowel strip for the consonant strips to slide through. I guess that doesn't sound too hard...just using the razor was a little tricky!