Words, Words, Words…

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This week I’m sharing a fun little activity to build vocabulary, grammar skills & communication.

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I discovered Words at Work at the National ALTA (Academic Language Therapist Association)conference a couple of years ago.

Before beginning the activity with a student, we go over parts of speech.  These cards are not included with the Word Work set, but are very easy to make on Word or Pages.


I set these out on the table before we begin. It helps to serve as a reminder to build great sentence…and students quickly learn that the more parts of speech they add to their sentence, the more points they earn.

Each player should get 5 cards. The rest of the cards go into the middle, face down. Each player attempts to build great sentences using the 5 cards. Students quickly discover when their word cards do not make sense, and they pick from the face down pile until they have the appropriate words to build a complete sentence.It

In order to beat me, my students really focus on using all the parts of speech. I don’t hold back, because I want them to want to beat me. The first 6 or 8 point sentence I put down, starts the competition!

This activity is a great way for LD students to learn grammar and build sentences without pencil and paper.  Students must read their sentence and figure out if their sentence makes sense.  They must also work to decide what they need to add or take away from their sentence to make it the best and earn the most points possible.

You can order Words at Work 1 and/or 2 online at VC Educational Consulting.

This is a great activity to play at home, too.  Make it fun.  This is a great example of teaching grammar in a differentiated way.  For the learning different student…this allows them a chance to use their strengths to learn an otherwise difficult skill.

If you are looking for other differentiated activities to use at home with your learning different child or in your classroom with your struggling readers and spellers be sure to check out the “Educational Resources” tab at the top of the Home page.

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Have a fun time learning this week!!

Join us on Wednesday  for “Wednesday’s Writer” ~




  1. I love this game! As a speech pathologist, I love trying new things to up the ante as far as vocabulary and sentence structure is concerned. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome Kristin! Words At Work would be great for speech/lang. kiddos! I would have loved to had this when my daughter was younger 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today!!

  2. Nice! My students aren’t LD–they’re just language deprived :(. I’m always looking for ways to increase their vocabulary and build skills.

    1. Words At Work would be a fun way to discuss vocabulary, etc., Anita!! You will have to check back in here at let us know how it is going!! Thank you so much for stopping by! ~sherri

  3. Thanks for giving great detailed info on how to play this learning game. I can see how useful this can be. I am going to try it when practicing Spanish.

    1. Sounds interesting, Susan! Would love to know what ideas you come up with ~ you will have to share!! Thank you for stopping by!!

  4. How awesome is this! I struggle when writing with passive voice. I think i need to do this. Blessings

    1. I have built better sentence structure skills since starting this game with my student, Diana! Enjoy! Thank you so much for stopping by! ~sherri

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