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Friday, May 10, 2013

Word Families SMARTboard and Cut, Paste and Spell Worksheets

Hi Friends!

The year is winding down and summer is on the horizon.  The sand and sea is calling me and creating SMARTboard centers is one of the way I am passing my time until school is out.  It is nice to be able to do this now, because in the beginning of the year there is no time to create SMARTboard files.

I love my SMARTboard, but creating good centers is soooo time consuming.  And I do not want just any centers, I have high standards.

SMARTboard files need to meet 3 criteria.  First, they must match my word study/spelling for the week.  I mean, they don't have to match perfectly, but if I am teaching short vowels to a group, they need centers that target their level.   Second, all centers have to be self-checking.  I cannot have a center that will pull me away from my word study groups.  Finally, the center needs to be long enough to last the whole time, which means 15-20 minutes or more.

My latest SMARTboard files have turned out wonderfully.  I wanted some SMARTboard files to start off next year in first grade that targeted beginning short vowels.  I specifically wanted short vowel word families and a high rate of student success.  Here is what I came up with:

I contrasted many word families that had voiced and unvoiced consonants.  If you are not familiar with that, the /b/ sound is voiced, because when you make the sound, you use your voice and vibration.  The /p/ sound is unvoiced because when you make the sound, you do not use your voice, but a puff of air.  However, you use your lips in the same way to make both of the sounds.

Teaching students to feel for the sounds in their mouths is vital at this stage of developmental spelling.  The more you can call attention to this, the quicker you can move them forward. 

After dragging the pictures to the boxes and writing the words on the lines, students click the purple octagon in the right hand corner and this is what appears:

They are able to check their work independently.

In addition to this center, I wanted matching cut/paste/spell worksheets, so I created a set that matches each slide perfectly.  This way I can either use them for an assessment after they have been in the center, or at seat work as reinforcement.

 You can download the mini-files here:

Free Word Families SMARTboard With Matching Cut, Paste & Spell Worksheets

Would you like to win all of the Short Vowel Word Families SMARTboard and all of the matching Cut, Paste, & Spell Worksheets?  Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers and enter to win it all!  (If you don't have a SMARTboard and would still like to win the Word Families Cut, Paste, and Spell Picture Sorting, I can just send you that file if you win). 


Happy May!


  1. This is great! I am teaching ESY this summer for special needs students. This will be a great activity to help them meet their goals!!

    1. I am so glad! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love it! I' m always looking for interactive activities to help my kids meet their goals.

  3. Word sorts and with scholastic news. Both are very motivating for my students

  4. Thanks Jen and Melissa for stopping by and commenting :)

  5. I love how the Smartboard allows the students hands-on learning!

  6. Here is my pin!

  7. Thanks Rachel! I sent you the short a file and another cutting and pasting sample that compares two short vowels. Thanks for pinning and thanks for entering!


  8. This look awesome! Thank you! :)

  9. I couldn't help but pick two winners! Giveaways are so much fun! Thanks all for entering! There will be more in the future, so please keep visiting!