The Finding Words Literacy Pack on Teachers Pay Teachers is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains 26 pages of word-related activities designed to promote literacy. Students are given a phrase and asked to come up with other words using letters in that phrase. The assignment then has the students write a short essay using the list of words they generated from the phrase. Phrases generally stem from holidays and topics that are relevant throughout the year (school, recycling, etc.).
Literacy is a critical skill for students to learn, and this activity helps students develop their own vocabularies and writing skills in a way that is interesting and approaches the task from two different angles. Students must come up with words using a specified set of letters, which develops vocabulary and spelling. Using the newly generated list of words in a coherent essay teaches writing skills. Both activities develop important aspects of creative writing and language learning.
The download itself is also formatted well. The layout is interesting and uses unique fonts without being too difficult to read. It is in black and white, making it good for printing and photocopying. The pack is marked as appropriate for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, though it may be a bit advanced for students in the youngest grades, and advanced students in the higher range may find it tedious. The variety of topics makes this activity flexible for any teacher to use, and it could be an interesting assignment to give to students regularly as the year progresses. Collecting the worksheets and assembling them at the end of the year might make a fun keepsake for a child’s family.
You can download your own copy of the Finding Words Literacy Pack here.
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