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Word Building Activities 

Playing an affix game with my third-grade student-teaching class.

  Word building activities are an excellent way to teach reading, especially to younger (K-2) students.  However, properly modified, word building games can go well into middle school years to remain exciting.  Below you will see a list of word building activities to choose from.

Flip-A-Chip is a great way to promote students' vocabulary development, teach syllables, comprehension of meaningful affixes, and how to use context in composition.  All this and, not to mention, it's fun.  To learn more about it, click on the picture.

This is a fun word-building activity where students have to make the most words they can using the letters from a single large word.  When you choose words for this activity, make sure there are two or three vowls in the word; that makes more word possibilities.  If the student can get the final, big, word, they can get an extra prize. 

Word families is another great word building activity, and an excellent way to develop rhyming and analogizing skills. 

Word rummy is just like the card game.  The object of the game is to get three of a kind; either long vowel words, short vowel words, rhyming, etc. 

Word Jeopardy is a great review/drill activity that doesn't seem like one.  Students could also get more out of it if they created or took part in the creation of it.


This is a great activity to get students introduced to story vocabulary, and then for them to see how it is used within the story.  A discussion can result about how authors often use word play to make reading more fun, unpredictable, and exciting.  Intorduce students to vocabulary that will be learned, have them place the words where they think they will be used, and take it from there.


Kind of like Wheel of Fortune, RIVET is a great game for vocabulary acquisition. 

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