Rainbow Phonics Word Builders
Companion to the Rainbow Phonics magnetic letter/letter combination manipulatives (item #040674), these materials are built on the same concept of piecing words together using sound chunks. Triangular, color-coded plastic interlocking chunks are used to build words. Tri-Blocks Tubs are cylindrical plastic containers with a lid and handle. Inside are the Tri-Blocks. Pieces range from 1" to 1.75" wide and 1" tall; triangular with color-coded letters/letter combinations printed on each side (but not necessarily the same letter/letter combination on all three sides). Consonants are blue; vowels are red; vowel digraphs are green, etc. Sometimes variations of a color are used to communicate the different stages of letter/letter combination presentation. Blocks connect from left to right but small white spacers are provided if you need to change a block from a beginning sound to an ending sound.
There is satisfaction in building the words provided on the Activity Cards. "Play" is simple. Take a card; sound out the word pictured; work out the letters needed to build the word; build the word with the tri-blocks; then turn the card over to self-check. Although the self-checking feature can allow the student to work independently, I would suggest giving a student only a portion of the tri-blocks and a few cards at a time: at least until the student gets the hang of the color-coding. Cards are heavy cardboard and have color-coded borders.
Used in conjunction with the Rainbow Phonics Magnetic Letters and Landscapes/Readers or separately, these provide lots of tactile practice in word-building: first in CVC words, then in longer four, five, and six letter words, including some two-syllable words at the end of the Word Builders. Although the cards target lower level skills, the Tri Blocks themselves could be used with older students either for continued phonics practice or for remedial work. Video demonstrations are available at the publisher's website. ~ Janice