Woot Woot! I’m finally settling into summer and ready to link up with some other bloggers! Today, I’m hooking up with Tara of 4th Grade Folics for #mondaymadeit!
I’ve been thinking a LOT about my move to 2nd grade. I’m excited- but I know I’m completely unprepared.
It seems like the hottest thing floating around Pinterest is making word makers out of pool noodles. I LOVE the idea, but the specific ideas were geared toward younger children. While I was glancing over the 2nd Grade Common Core standards, I noticed that 2nd graders would be working on vowel pairs. So I decided to combine the pool noodles with vowel pairs to do making words activities.
I started with 3 pool noodles, a measuring tape and blade. I got the pool noodles at The Dollar Tree for a dollar each. The measuring tape and blade I already had. I also printed out letters and cut them up.
Each noodle measured 47 inches- which is the exact length needed to NOT be able to divide them easily and evenly!
I ended up cutting them around 12 inches. I was afraid they would end up all wonky-like, but they turned out pretty even.
Then I cut each section in half and cut slits in the top of each. My blade was a really good length- I cut almost all the way through the top of the noodle. It left a little, tiny bit uncut- which made a great ledge for the cards to sit on.
After printing the letter cards, I assembled my letter holders for making words.
After putting them together, I realized they would work better if the letter cards were a tad smaller. So I resized them.
And I’m GIVING them to you!
Click on the picture below to download!
I hope you enjoy the letter cards!
Now I have a problem! I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these things I’m making this summer? I had a hard enough time keeping my kitten out of them while I was making them!