Word Work is one of my favorites... now!!
I have to say... when I began word work last year, I had 6 boxes full of pom-poms, stamps and stamp pad, wiki sticks, foam letters etc. The kids LOVED it, but after a bit, it became more of a play station than work station.
Even though the intention was to study spelling and word work... I felt like my 2nd graders needed/should be expected to do more ;( (mean teacher).
Each student has a small journal in their book box for WORD WORK.
I created 6 Snazzy Spelling booklets for the students to share.
During that specific rotation... they write the date and choose the activity they want to complete using their spelling words... posted on the wall up front.
They feel a bit more accountable for their work and tend to show better work.
One of the specific cards tells the kids to stamp their spelling words... so I do have a small stamp set and ink pad in the little Snazzy Spelling box in case they do this activity. Last week while I was at Michaels I found these tiny sets for about $2-$3.
Each week we also cover a specific word family in class.
The bottom picture with The Grouchy Ladybug is what the easel looks like all year (with the exception of different words and books).
During one of the regrouping periods, after recognizing good things that happened during the Daily 5 rotation and something we could improve on... we read a literature book that fits the word family and review the words. Sometimes the kids choose to use these words during their Word Work. They still choose an activity from the Snazzy Spelling book but use these words instead.
Another option is for them to use the words from the Phonogram List that we are studying at the time. This past year, I had many students that ALWAYS used the spelling words first and then chose another list (word families/phonograms) to complete for 'extra' credit ;)
During another regrouping period (mini lesson) I teach 12 grammar skills. We discuss:
ABC order, Syllables, Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Antonyms, Synonyms, Contractions, Compound Words, Plurals, Prefix and Suffix. By January, they were able to choose 1 of the boxes above and complete the hands on activity and independent assignment (in the booklet) during Word Work on their own. This year, I am going to start with the activity, written assignment in September... however, we will do them together as a class. I made the pieces at bit larger and put a magnet on the back to move them around on the white board in the Daily 5 area. I'm excited to see if this helps with the concepts even more.
Wow... enough from Lory!
I'd love to hear how you use your Word Work time.
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Friday, I'm going to choose 4 winners for:
1 - Snazzy Spelling
2 - Phonogram Set 1
3 - Word Family Set 3 (my newest group)
4 - September Literacy Centers
Have a fabulous summer week!!!