- Read to Self
- Read with Someone
- Word Work
- Listen to Reading
- Read with a Teacher/Teacher Time
First, the anchor chart of expectations:
Students are responsible for these five words and have the chance to practice them, as well as class list words during Word Work time. Students have a variety of ways to practice these words:
- White Boards- (a class FAVORITE!)- they can practice cursive, print, and/or sentences
- Stamps- I purchased several of these sets and ink pads in multiple colors (be sure they are washable!) and this is a close second favorite
- Sign Language- kids will work with a partner using these sheets to help and try to guess the words
- Secret Code Spelling- each letter is worth its place in the alphabet (a=1, b=2, c=3, etc.) and kids will work to spell out their words in numbers, then switch with a partner and decode (This is available as a freebie HERE.)
- Scrabble Tiles- I post more info about this center HERE.
- Money Words- similar to secret code, but each letter is worth a coin amount. I blog more about this center HERE.
I am always on the lookout to add more individual spelling practice activities. You can keep updated on my quest here on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/3rdGrThoughts/word-work-spelling/
What I noticed was that sometimes students' stamina in practicing these words waned, especially with our 25 minute session length. Also, we don't have spelling words every week (short weeks, in particular), but we do Daily 5 every day, so what were we to do?
Enter DonorsChoose.org!! (you can read more about my love of Donors Choose here)
I found a wonderful product at Lakeshore Learning that covers all of these amazing word skills that I teach throughout the year, including:
- synonyms & antonyms
- context clues
- prefixes, suffixes & root words
- similes & metaphors
- and more!
Seriously, donors have no idea how much they make my students' and my day! <3
Now, when kiddos feel like they have had enough practice with their words, they can go to our spinny activity center and choose an envelope to work with at their desk. They LOVE them! And the best part is that, while some of them are a once-and-done activity, most of them a student can do over and over!
So that is my Word Work in a tiny nutshell. Are there any great activities that I should add? Let me know how you do Word Work- I would love to continue to tweak this to make it more perfect for my students :)