I love word work. Consistent word work creates such a culture of reading in the classroom.
It's hard to see, but this student is writing her word wall words in Play-Doh using a toothpick.
I found a tub of letters at school, the kids made a Boggle board out of them, searched for words, and recorded what they found. The list, in the picture, is the 600 high frequency words.
These students are working with Play-Doh, rainbow writing spelling words, word wall words, and the 600 high frequency words.
This is the oil pan thing that my principal wanted me to do, and The Moffatt Girls blogged about.
We do word work for 30 minutes in the morning. I let them choose how they want to work with their words. THEY. LOVE. IT. And their reading has taken off!
Here are some word work ideas that are actually written down. Click on the 'word work ideas' pdf. There are TONS of other resources on this site.