MBug (11 months) gets up many mornings around 4 or 5am to eat, but then goes right back to sleep. During such a feeding one morning last week, I was contemplating how I could combine ALuv’s obsession with Legos and my love for teaching reading. As I mulled over how this could be done, an idea popped into my head.
Learning Objective: Child will manipulate Lego pieces to spell words and identify their “shapes”.
1. I collected the Legos. My two “helpers” assisted me in pulling out the needed Legos. Okay, so they really built cars while I did all the work, but good help can be hard to come by these days! (If I’d only been as organized as Carisa, this would not have taken so long.)
2. I sorted the Legos. The Legos on the left side of this picture are for the short consonants, such as c, m, n, v, etc. The red Legos in the middle are for vowels, and the Legos on the right side are for tall consonants (b, d, t, l, etc.) or consonants with a “tail” (p, q, j, etc.).
3. I wrote the letters on the Legos. I placed all the Legos with the bumps facing to the right and wrote with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie (permanent); which I found at Target. So far, only the q has smudged; the rest have held up very well.
One awesome thing about this is that the b, d, q, and g will not fit together if they are turned the wrong way, so it helps to limit their confusion. I did, however, write all the b‘s on yellow blocks, the d‘s on light green, and the p‘s on white; just to solidify their differences.
2. I modeled how to click them together correctly so that the letters retained their “shape”.
3. I called out Word Wall words (sight words) and he built them. These are the words he made: and, can, go, look, like, off, is, stop, the & you.
Once we got into the lesson, this reminded me of the Reading Rods I used in the classroom with my Kinders and 1st graders (only cheaper!).
Variation & Extension Ideas:
I knew NJoy would want to be right in there with us, so I made some letter blocks for him out of the Duplo blocks-upper case on one side and lower case on the other. This way MBug could safely play, too, while ALuv’s smaller Lego pieces stayed on the table.
I created a couple of worksheets for ALuv on A to Z Teacher Stuff. He did this one as independent work the next day. He totally LOVED doing this!RSS, Facebook, Twitter, or email! You can also follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers to receive updates when I post FREE, new downloads.