Thursday, March 14, 2013


You know I’m always looking for cheap, easy ideas that are open ended and can be used in a variety of ways.  A few weeks ago Keta Turner suggested writing letters on large, dry, lima beans and using them to make word families.  I pulled an Altoids tin out of the trash yesterday (Shame on my husband for throwing it away!) and turned it into a container for the “Beanie Weenies.”  This could be put in a center or used as an activity when children finish their work early.  Use a permanent marker to write the consonants in blue and the vowels in red and here we go!
*Use for making CVC words.
*Use for word families.
*Use for writing word wall words.
*Use for practicing spelling words.
*Use with a friend.  One person makes a word and the other person must read it.
*Put the letter beans in alphabetical order.
*Draw ten beans from the tin.  How many words can you make with the ten beans?  Write them down.

Come back tomorrow and check out my number beans!

Hint!  I bet some of your students could make their own letter beanies.