Saturday, February 11, 2012

Word Work

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.


Annie Moffatt said...

Thanks so much for the shout out!! It looks like the kids are liking it:) I LOVE that oil pan:) I wish I had found one without the emblem.

Kim said...

yay...thanks for the comment! I love your blog...the kids LOVE the oil pan...I actually have 2 in the classroom. Our little school is very laid back :)

Heather's Heart said...

I love word work too! The oil pan is such a great idea!

I shared a magic e *freebie* if you want to come check it out! =)

Heather's Heart

Kim said...

Heather thanks for the comment!! Your freebies are awesome...I've been a follower of your blog for a long time! :)

vicky1970 said...

Hi great blog, glad I found you. I'm your newest follower. I teach first too - come on over and visit sometime. :o)
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever AfterVicky

Tamera said...

Hi! I am your newest follower.

I am always looking for word work ideas. We only have 1 scheduled Word Work time on Mondays. The rest of the time it is built in to Daily 5 which I have found less effective this year. :( I am hoping to find the correct balance for Reading/Writing/Spelling during Daily 5.

I teach first grade in NC. Which state are you in?
Stop by my blog sometime.