Need a challenging and engaging way to keep your Upper Elementary students working on words? The 30 Build A Mystery Word sheets in this bundle are a great way to get your students actively manipulating letters to create new words. Remember, Upper Elementary kiddos still need access to manipulatives, particularly when exploring the patterns letters use in the English language.

What is included:

Build A Mystery Word, Set 1

Build A Mystery Word, Set 2

Build A Mystery Word, Set 3

Build A Mystery Word, Set 4

My suggestion: do one sheet together so you can teach students your expectations, as the tasks remain the same throughout the year. The first task always asks students to cut out the letters and create as many words as possible. The second task requires students to use context clues. Make sure you have student dictionaries available for the third task! For the fourth task, students use their critical thinking skills to pick another letter to add to the collection, and challenges them to create new words based including the new letter.

These can be used for Work on Words activities during Daily 5, bell-ringer work as students arrive/depart, for early finishers, extensions, and enrichment. This activity can easily be led by a volunteer or paraprofessional, if needed. As always, I appreciate your comments, feedback, and support!


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  • Build a Mystery Word
  • Mystery Words
  • Word Work