This write the room activity is perfect for helping your learners read and write short a words!
Looking for a way to help your learners master those short a words … and move at the same time? Write the room is your answer!
Write the room has been around for a while, and there are many ways to do it. Here’s my way!
- Print words on separate cards. Post them around the classroom.
- Students put a recording sheet on a clip board and grab a pencil.
- To do the activity, students move around the classroom and find the cards. They write them in the corresponding spaces on their recording sheet.
I did this activity with my Five after he got home from morning kindergarten.
First, I posted the word cards around our kitchen and living room using painter’s tape. Then I gave my son the above printable on a clipboard.
I showed him how to find a card, unscramble the word , and write it in the corresponding box on the printable.
He was immediately engaged and got right to work!
The beauty of the activity is that your learners can find and record the words in any order. But as it turned out, my Five wanted to find each one in order from 1-12. Since he didn’t have other classmates who were doing the same activity, he was free to do it his way. 🙂
If unscrambling words is too hard for your learners, not to worry! There are two easier levels included in the download.
Ideas for using “write the room”
- Make it one of your year-round literacy centers. Each week, switch out the words your students will write. Make sure you have enough clipboards for several students to do the activity at one time.
- At home, use this as an extension of the phonics activities you’re already doing. Keep it on hand for days when your learner is having a hard time sitting still.
How to differentiate
The download comes in three levels! Choose the one that works best for your learners, or print each set of cards on a different color of cardstock. Let students know which color cards they should be finding and copying.
- Level 1 simply has your learners find the picture and its spelling on the wall. They copy it in the corresponding box.
- Level 2 has your learners find the word (without the picture clue) on the wall. Then they copy it in the corresponding box.
- Level 3 is what my son did – find the word using the picture clue, and then unscramble the letters to spell it correctly.
P.S. Get more short vowel “write the room” packs:
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