Word building is something that is crucial in learning throughout a child's entire school career. It's even essential late into adulthood! The best part about word building is all of the interactive activities that come along. Helping to make it more fun and engaging for our youngest learners to our oldest.
It can be challenging to develop activities that fit well with each age group, which is why we're here. In this list, you'll find multi-sensory phonics word-building activities for students of all ages.
Provide a range of materials that provide excellent practice. Not only spelling practice, but most are also an ideal resource for motor practice as well. Whichever resource types you're searching for, the following 18-word building activities are excellent practice for students.
Elementary Word Building Activities
1. Early Learning
The beginning years of word building are essential for children to develop word skills. Having plenty of interactive resources is one of the most vital aspects of helping students to develop those skills. This is an ideal resource for a whole class activity.
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2. Compound Words
Compound words are great for learning how to build words. Students must also get a firm grasp on these words during elementary school. Not only do compound words help to build student vocabulary, but they also aid in their confidence in reading longer words.
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3. Alphabet Sponges
4. Vocabulary Blocks
Honestly, this is one of my favorite phonics word-building activities. This is great because it's hands-on and is a totally independent word-building activity. You can easily create your own, simply download a free, blank dice template (like this one) and write the words or ending you want!
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5. Cup Letter Tiles
Are you trying to up your center time this year? Well, this might just be the activity for you. Instead of using center word building cards, create these cups at the beginning of the year. This simple hands-on activity will help build motor skills and work on word development.
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6. Big Word Building
In upper elementary, engaging, hands-on activity time is essential. Using task cards, this activity will help students to be able to break down large words into different parts. Helping their brain development along with their problem-solving skills.
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Middle School Word Building Activities
Boggle has been a favorite for years. Center activity - decoding style. Put your kiddos together or independent, and make it a fun competition. See who can build the most words out of their Boggle board. If you don't have more than one Boggle game, you can simply print some here.
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8. Interactive Word Walls
Word walls are great in middle school because they help students better comprehend and understand different vocabulary concepts. A simple hands-on activity like this interactive word wall will help students to watch as words are built.
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9. Guess the Word
This fun activity is great for middle school and can really be used for any word list. This low prep center activity can be played as a whole class or in small groups. Write the word on card stock or use magnet letters to build it!
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10. Scrambled Letters
This is an excellent activity for kids at the beginning of a class that involves building letters. It provides students with extra practice and gets their brains ready for the next activity. It can be a challenging or simple word activity depending on the class.
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11. How Many Times
12. Missing Letters
This can be done using letter-building cards if you have enough time to prep! Or students can simply follow along with the video and write the letters in their vocabulary/spelling workbooks. Either way, this is excellent practice for spelling words in middle school.
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High School Word Building Activities
13. Context Clues
Understanding and being able to decipher context clues takes lots of practice. It's essential to provide students with both independent practice and plenty of practice during literacy centers. It can be challenging to find activities for older students, but this video lays out a few ground rules for them to follow.
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14. Last Word Standing
Last word standing is an ideal resource for the High School classroom. This provides students with meaningful practice during English activities. This high-competition game will keep students engaged and ready to fight against their competition.
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15. Flippity Word Master
Flippity word master is similar to the game known as Wordle. This challenging word activity is perfect for any grade but can be specially tailored to high schoolers. This game provides the building blocks for deciphering hard words.
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16. Word Clouds
17. 3 Picture Word Guess
Your high school students will actually find this activity much more fun than you may anticipate. Especially if you make it into a competition (face it, kids love a good competition).
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