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Try Missing Letter
with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
- Foundational Skills
What? The ability to identify a missing letter from a word is a skill students learn after they have visual cues of how phonemes (individual sounds) and graphemes (letters that make up those sounds) work together. Identifying sounds in isolation is an important skill students need in order to learn how to decode and write words.
They can practice figuring out which letter is missing from word families, single syllable words, sight words and high frequency words as well as with more complicated blends and digraphs.
Once students are able to do so, they can practice spelling. Identifying sounds in isolation is a skill that requires students to single out an individual sound within a word. To help students practice identifying sounds in isolation, include the Missing Letter learning activity in your reading lesson plans.
A word is presented with a missing letter, and the students have to choose the letter that correctly completes it. The students can listen to the word being read as many times as needed, and each letter is spoken aloud as well. Immediate feedback is provided, and students cannot move to the next word until they choose the correct missing letter.
Teaching Tip: Because of the audio component in this game, Missing Letter is a great activity for English Language Learners and students who struggle to grasp sounds within words. Missing Letter is available as an online activity, or you can create printable Missing Letter worksheets.