Featured Activity Kit: Big Box of Word Chunks

The Big Box of Word Chunks kit is a fun way to help students with their literacy skills. The purpose of the kit is to help teach elementary students ages 6 and up to spell using two-piece word puzzles. This activity kit is perfect for teaching students about how to create words according to vowel sounds in different word families. Teachers can use this kit to make learning how to spell  more visually engaging and hands-on for their students.

The kit contains 220 different letter puzzle pieces that students can manipulate and connect to create different words. The puzzle pieces are organized into four categories: Word Family Puzzle Pieces; Consonant Blend Puzzle Pieces; Initial Consonant Puzzle Pieces; and Digraph Puzzle Pieces. Each puzzle piece is also colour coded by vowel sounds in the word families, and by beginning sounds, which are further explained in the instruction booklet. The colour coding provides students with visual cues for puzzle pieces with similar sounds.

The instruction booklet also contains a “Word Family Reference List,” which shows possible puzzle piece word combinations. It also provides suggested game and activity ideas for using the letter puzzle pieces for student learning.

To further enhance student literacy in a fun and interactive way in the classroom, the Big Box of Word Chunks can also be used as a companion to the Big Box of Sentence Building kit, which is also available at the OISE Library.

The Big Box of Word Chunks kit is currently on display on the Ground Floor of the OISE Library on the coffee table near the “New Arrivals” shelf. For more information on this activity kit, and many others available in the OISE Library’s Curriculum Resources Collection, please visit the OISE Library K-12 Manipulatives Database.

About Skye Soobramanie

Graduate Student Library Assistant at OISE Library | Master of Information (LIS) 2018, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
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