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Wikki WordsWikki stix are yarn dipped in wax that create a flexible building material similar to a pipe cleaner. They can be bent into different shapes. I would have my students bend them into letters and spell each sight word that we were working on for the week.
TEACHER TIP: Cut the wikki stix down to smaller pieces so a package can go further. I put them into sandwich bags with 10 tiny stix which was enough for them to make a word or two and then start again. The version that I linked to above already come in small packs - cut them in half and you are good to go.
I Spy Words
TEACHER TIP: Cut up scrap paper into 1/4s for students to use. No need to waste new clean paper!
TEACHER TIP: Put one of each letter (and a few extra vowels) into sandwich bags so students can grab a set and go. I used a combination of sets (mostly from the dollar store) which left me different fonts and both upper and lower case letters. As a second grade teacher this didn't bother me much, but if you teach in a younger grade, you might want to stick with all upper or all lowercase letters.
See Through Wordsfilm sheets that you used on them. We cut the sheets in half and used them for see through words. Students would use a piece of paper and write their words.
Then they would set a piece of transparency over the top and with a Vis a Vis marker, trace over their words. Then they would lift the sheet and read the words.
TEACHER TIP: To make clean up a snap, we cut up baby wipes into quarters and put them in a bag next to the supplies. When they were done, students would wipe off their transparency sheet, wave it in the air to dry and it was ready for next time. This was much less of a mess than letting them wash them at the sink. If you can't get your hands on transparency sheets, you could use lamination or page protectors in the same way.
TEACHER TIP: Have a parent make some homemade dough and divide it into small bags. Also, we found the mini Play-Doh brand containers were the perfect size for them to make one word and then start again. Then when it got dried out and needed to be tossed, you weren't wasting a huge container of dough.
Sometimes after all the fun tactile practice, students just need to practice writing and identifying those words even more. I have a little freebie for you that includes the following What's the Word? format for the words and, big, do, that, went.
HERE to download your copies now!