Here is my super simple, yet really effective favorite word work activity: CVC word puzzles.
Sorry, I don't have any pictures of my students using them, but you probably get the idea. They help students who are just learning to merge the letter sounds to make 3-letter words. Sometimes, I even cut the puzzles into 3 parts if the student is still struggling.
I use the puzzles during guided reading (and sometimes put them out as center work). Once I have presented the word family, I have the student read all of the rimes (op, op, op, etc.) so he or she gets the idea that they are all the same. Then, I spread out the onset letters and let the student find the matches, merging the sounds to read each word. When the student has completed all 5 puzzles, I have him/her read all 5 words again (to reinforce the pattern). Then, I send the laminated set of puzzles home with the student as a homework activity.
A set of 6 word family puzzles is available in my TPT store for only $1. Click on one of the sets of word family puzzles above or the link below to see the CVC word puzzles.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend!