Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Word Work Station: Cup Stacking

So here's a word work station that can help your students practice making/spelling words. You can design it to meet the needs of students in your classroom. I anticipate many of my students needing practice in the within word stage so I plan on using these patterns for this station but you could certainly create this with simple letter name patterns too.

This is what you need: Sharpies, labels and some small plastic cups.....super simple!!
The plastic cups need to be of the see through variety. I found these small 3 oz. orange see through cups at Target.

Next I wrote consonant beginnings, digraphs or blends on the labels, cut and stuck them on some cups.

Then I programmed another set of cups with word parts that we will focus on.
When students go to this station, they will take a beginning and add it to a word part to create a word. The beginning letter or letters cup goes right over top of the word part to create the full word.

I would have students record words that they made on a sheet of paper so I can check their thinking.

This cup game works with prefixes and base words too! How about addition/subtraction facts and sums/differences? Lots of possibilities with just a stack of cups and some labels!


  1. I love this idea! I think it would work great with so many things....multiplication facts, compound words, contractions, ect. Thanks for the idea!

    Tales of a Third Grade

  2. I love this idea! I have used tiles in the past for first grade. I am totally "stealing" this idea for my third graders.

    Learn with ME in Grade Three

  3. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing!

  4. THanks for sharing the idea. I am going to try this with my third grades this year!

  5. Very cute idea! Thank you for sharing! I'm a 3rd grade teacher too - come stop by and say hi!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade