Feb 8, 2017

Word Family Accordion Friends

Today I'd like to introduce my Word Family Accordion Friends with you.
They are super easy for students to make on their own and have proven to increase engagement as students can't seem to take their hands off of them once they are made!
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
Your littles are going to LOVE practicing word families with these stretchy friends, I promise! 

So let me show you how they work, how they are made, and how you can differentiate with them to best meet the needs of your littles. (18 different friends are included, not just the boy seen in the highlighted pictures. They do repeat...92 pages to print total.)

So we all know that not Kindergarteners are great cutters yet. With the Word Family Accordion Friends, THAT IS OK!
Your more advanced cutters can go ahead and manuver around all the grooves of the body and those who struggle with cutting can simply cut one straight line down the paper.
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!

Each Word Family includes two different friends...one that has words pre-written on it and one that doesn't. This is so that you can offer a challenge to those who are ready for it. Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
Let advanced students think up words on their own and write them in. Students who struggle with writing or who need more help understand word families can simply focus on the families and not have to worry about the writing part. And once they get it, offer them the same challenge as well! 

To turn these friends into accordions, you'll want to grab a handful of rulers.
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
 --Tell students to leave the line between the first two words unfolded. --
For the rest of the lines, show them how to make a 'perfect fold' by placing the ruler right at the line and bending the paper forward over it. (Some of your students won't need a ruler to fold.)
Flip the friend backward every other time you fold.

There are 38 Word Families to choose from.
Blank friends are included so that you can add your own.

A corresponding recording chart is also included so that you can keep track of the families your littles have mastered. A great way to show student progress and growth!

Once they are made, your students will not be able to put them down! There is just something about accordions that make you want to keep stretching them out and closing them over and over again. 

Students can 'quiz' each other by keeping the friend closed, seeing if they can say words from the family without looking, and then opening them to see how they did. 

You can find the Accordion Friends HERE
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!

Have fun!

-Til next time
              

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