Activity: Halloween Word Mining
- Paper, pencil or pen
- 30 minutes
- Word building
Word mining challenges kids to use letters from a word or phrase to form as many new words as they can.
Write a Halloween phrase like TRICK OR TREAT or HALLOWEEN NIGHT at the top of a piece of paper, and then challenge children to mine as many new words as they can.
You can suggest a few tricks to move things along:
- Separate the vowels and consonants (changing HALLOWEEN NIGHT into AOEEI and HLLWNNGHT).
- Once children have a few words down, look for rhymes in the same word family (wail, tail, nail).
- See if vowels can be swapped to make new consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words (tan, tin, ton, ten).
- Look for words that make new words when spelled backwards (not, net).
- Look at CVC words to see if they can add silent E (not becomes note).
Some sample words:
TRICK OR TREAT: to, at, it, eat, ate, art, are, ear, oak, oat, oar, kit, cat, rat, rot, cot, tar, car, tot, tea, tie, cake, coat, kite, rice, tear, rear, roar, rate, rake, rock, tick, tock, tack, take, trek, trot, tire, tore, core, trace, track, crate, attic
HALLOWEEN NIGHT: to, at, it, we, eat, ate, oat, owe, own, owl, ten, tan, tin, ton, tag, hat, hit, wet, owl, low, now, new, net, let, wet, win, wag, won, leg, gel, law, wall, thin, than, wail, tail, nail, wall, well, line, hill, hole, howl, weigh, light, wheel, hello
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