When typing Short A words, I chose 3 levels of words (simple CVC words, blends_CVC words, and short a words with digraphs). As I passed out names to my 1st graders, I did pick specific names for specific students. I wanted all my friends to feel successful but I also wanted to have a word that was challenging for them (i.e. they could use their word-solving clues to figure it out). Since we are only a few weeks into school, I did take the time to underline connected sounds on the Level 2 and Level 3 words.
I printed my words on white paper because I intended for students to illustrate their word but we ran short on time, but you could definitely print these on colored card stock and laminate them for future uses (write the rooms, memory, abc order at work work, word sorts, etc.)
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