Fun Football Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun Football Activities With Me.

I discovered long ago,that if I could incorporate a theme of something that was popular with my students, I'd grab and hold their attention.  It seemed that my little guys had more difficulty focussing than the girls did, so I often offered choices when I could.

Because sports was always a "hot button" and 'tis the season for the start of football, I decided to dream up some activities with a football theme.

I thought it would be fun to do something with the -all family of words and make a game of it.

Students choose teams and then work either independently or with their group, to think of as many -all words before the timer rings.  Each word is worth 1 point.

To get in some math practice, have students figure out how many touchdowns and field goals they achieved with their word list.  i.e. 7 words = 7 points = 1 touchdown.  Any "extra" words can be counted to make a field goal.

A field goal = 3 points for 3 words. i.e. One team thought of 11 words.  They scored 1 touchdown (7) and 1 field goal (3) and had 1 extra point left.

I've provided score card - posters, if you'd like to keep track and post the results.

There are blank templates, so you can program other word families, if you'd like to keep this idea going.

After I got the -all word family football packet done, I wanted to make Bingo cards as another way to review the words.

However, I had less than 24 words and could not make a Bingo card, so I thought I'd add the -ick word family to the football packet, because you kick a football.

80 pages later, (!) the packet was completed, but my entire day had slipped away, so I certainly hope you find it useful.

Another fun way too reinforce these new words is via a word search.

The packet includes the same activities for both the -all AND -ick word families

There are pocket word cards, traceable word cards, covers so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, alphabetizing worksheets, plus trace-write-color-cut & glue worksheets

Also included is a fill in the word sentence worksheet; 30 different Bingo cards, so your entire class can play; words on footballs + Kaboom bomb cards to play Memory Match and "I have; who has?" games.

There are also posters, blank templates for you to program with whatever, and 2 "craftivities"  like the football -all word family slider pictured.  Many of these activities work well for your Daily 5 Word Work.

Click on the link to view/download the -all & -ick Word Family Football packet.

To go along with the football theme, I also designed a 10-frames football packet.  Click on the link for this FREEBIE.

Because of several special requests, I also designed a 1-2-3 Count Footballs With Me, 10-frames easy reader.

Because these booklets are based on a 10-frame, they are nice extensions for the matching 10-frames packets.

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Word Games

1-2-3 Come Play Word Games With Me.

You will really like the versatility of this 109 page word packet!

Students can sort words by vowel sounds, word families, nouns, verbs, plurals, school words, calendar words, seasonal words, rhyming words, colors, numbers, shapes, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms etc.

There are 31 sorting baskets to choose from + a blank basket to program with whatever.

Using brown construction paper, simply print off whatever baskets you want to use; laminate them, cut them out and attach a large paper cup to the back using a bit of tape.

Print off the word eggs on a variety of construction paper colors, laminate and cut out.

Students can work in groups or individually, to sort a dozen or so words, dropping them in the cup and then rotating to another basket when they are done.

Children can also alphabetize a group of egg words.

I've included CVC words, sight words, over 40 word families, + all of the Dolch word list words, as well as all of the Dolch nouns; for a total of 1,180 word eggs! Sixteen eggs are on a page for easy printing.

There's also a blank set of eggs that you can program with your spelling words etc.

"A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket. I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it. I dropped it, I dropped it and on the way I dropped it. A little boy picked it up and put it in his pocket."

Bunny,Chick and Sheep Word Family Activities For op, ick, eep and eap

1-2-3, Come Slide With Me, To Study a Word Family!

My Y5's really enjoyed making "sliders."  I named them that, because you slide a strip of paper through slits that then revealed something in the cut out "window."

I made sliders for lots of my report card standards: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, skip counting, counting backwards, shapes, colors, word wall words etc.

A slider was an especially successful way for my students to actually see, how a word family operated.

They liked seeing new words appear, as they slid their letter strip up and down.

To make a slider, simply run off the templates on construction paper.  Students cut out and assemble.

Add pizzazz to their chick with wiggle eyes, a 3D beak, a yellow feather atop the head, and by folding the wings forward.

I added that finishing touch to the bunny, with wiggle eyes and a pink pom pom nose. Students can also glue a cotton ball to the back for a fluffy bunny tail.

Sliders are a wonderful way for discovering words that your students are not familiar with.

Add these to the vocabulary-building activities included in the packet like this sweet -ick ending word dictionary.

I often built vocabulary for a variety of themes and word families via a dictionary.

I've included a cover for both the -ick chick word family slider, as well as the bunny -op word family slider.

I hope your students LOVE learning new words as much as I do!  One of my favorite things about the internet is the unbelievable amount of information available at the click of some keys.

While I was researching ick and op ending words I learned a few new ones I didn't know: snick, strop and swop!

There's also a worksheet in each slider packet, where students trace and then write the word family words in alphabetical order.

Because I thought it would be slick for students to skip count with their chick, I also included skip counting strips for 2's. 3's, 5's and 10's.

Click on the link to view/download the chick ick word family and skip counting sliders.

Click on the link to view/download the -op word family bunny slider packet.

If you like these spring sliders, you'll probably want to take a look at the sheep slider, featuring -eep Da -eap word family words.  Click on the link to view/download it.

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