Kindergarten reading groups are back to the salt mines this week. Well, the Thursday group is. The Monday group was thwarted by yet another (!!!) snow day. This means that, at least for awhile, the Thursday group will do the lesson before the Monday group. Do me a favor and hold off on talking to your Monday reading group members about the lesson until after Monday, if at all possible. I know this stinks, but I don’t know any other way to do it. See the kindergarten math post for more of my ramblings on this topic.
We started class with these words on the Smart Board:
I explained to the kids what anagrams are, and told them that each of these pairs of words is an anagram for another single word, and the four words all have something in common.
We started by looking for letters common to all the words and discovered that all of the words contain the letters y, d, and a. We separated those letters and then looked at what we had left. It didn’t take long before we realized that “many do” is an anagram for “Monday.” And y, d, and a are all letters in “day.” It was pretty quick from there: sea duty = Tuesday, sandy weed = Wednesday, and yard huts = Thursday.
Then we did the next four. Can you figure out the anagrams and what they have in common:
The kids did! Next we did an anagram worksheet. It was difficult. Really difficult. But your kids were champs. It took them very little time to discover that the words were anagrams for names. And there were eight sets of them. And eight kindergarten reading students! From there, it was a simple hunt for the letters in each child’s name.
Homework is a sheet of anugrams. An anugram is an anagram where the anagram makes a true statement about the original word(s). For example, twelve plus one is an anugram for eleven plus two. I provided blanks to fill in the letters for the anugrams and gave punctuation and filled in some letters. Still, let’s be honest — this is challenging. Really challenging. Have your child give it a shot. I told them to write the original phrase on a separate paper and cross out the letters as they are used so that they don’t cross it out on the original worksheet, make a mistake, and then find themselves without the original phrase.
I am totally okay with blank papers coming back to me. It may be that your child cannot figure these out. That is okay! It may be that s/he loves this kind of stuff and is good at figuring it out. Fantastic! Either result is okay.
To make anagrams of your own, check out the anagram generator here. So much fun!
A teenaged hawk ever! (that’s an anagram for “have a great weekend,” of course!)