Magnetic letters are very popular in elementary classrooms. I put my letters in fishing tackle boxes because the compartments keep the letters organized. I use cookie sheets for the letters to adhere to. I have seen some teachers conver the cookie sheets with contact paper to make it look decorative, but some children have a hard time reading the words against a patterned background. If you do use contact paper for decoration, make sure it is solid.
RHYMING VERSION: students have their partner choose a card from the deck and read a word from that card.The student then uses the magnetic letters to create words that rhyme with their partner's word. Students record their rhyming words on the record sheet.
SIGHT WORD VERSION: students have their partner choose a card from the deck and read the word aloud.The student then uses the magnetic letters to create the word. Then they must use the word in a sentence. For a challenge, have student mix the letters up for the partner to unscramble.