100 important spellings used in one-syllable words, plus duplicates of high-use spellings. Why teach 100 first words when you can teach 100 first spellings, and use them to to make thousands of words?
Each piece includes example words for the sounds it represents e.g. the spelling “ea” has the small words “seat”, “head”, “great” and “Sean” on it. The spelling “oo” has the words “look”, “boot”, “flood” and “brooch”.
Use this alphabet to practice building and changing words e.g. use “f”, “r”, “i” and “dge” to make “fridge”, then change it to “ridge”, change that into “bridge”, or use “n”, “igh” and “t” to make “night”, then change it to “light”, then “flight, then “fright”, then “right”, then “sight”, then “slight”.
This set is also a useful way to demonstrate that there are multiple ways to spell many sounds, for example the sound “ay” spelt “ay” as in “day”, “a…e” as in “make”, “ai” as in “rain”, “eigh” as in “eight”, “ey” as in “they”, “ei” as in “veins” and “ea” as in “break”.
Word-building with this movable alphabet can be used as a logical starting point for the development of spelling collections for each of the 44 sounds in spoken English, as learners try different combinations and see what real words they can make.
The colour-coding of this alphabet is based on the colours of a traffic light: green means go (beginning spellings), orange means caution (vowel spellings, which cause most of the grief in English spelling), red means stop (ending spellings). Yellow spellings can be used as either beginning or ending spellings.
Download this five-page pdf, print it in colour, laminate it, cut it up and use magnetic tape to create a movable alphabet that will stick to your fridge or whiteboard, or use adhesive hook velcro if you want to attach it to a fabric noticeboard or piece of noticeboard fabric.
To make a bigger set for classroom or larger group use, just print it at 200% on A3 paper, or larger if you like.
When you download the movable alphabet you also get a 16-page handout of suggested word sequences to build with it, to get you started.
Please note that this alphabet is supplied as a pdf file which you download from this website, and print yourself. Also, you can use this shop with a normal credit card, you don’t need to have a PayPal account (though the site seems to require PayPal at first, sorry, trying to change this). The total price including taxes is $11.00