I teach all of these games to the whole class at the beginning of the year. They run pretty effortlessly the rest of the year. I put a color-coded label on each drawer. This system has been pretty successful for the last 4 years. The students play these games during Daily 5, as morning work, and when they finish activities early.
- On Monday I introduce the sort, model and give students time to cut and sort their sort during Daily 5.
- On Tuesday, the kids sort and write sentences - one sentence for a word in each of the the patterns.
- On Wednesday, I have the students write the room for words with the given pattern. I have also collected a few phonics books over the years and put them out for the kids to find words in as well.
- On Thursday, the kids roll cubes or use tiles to build words that have each of the pattens. The must make 3 of each word and any additional words are bonus.
- On Friday, there is a finish up time and the students do a final sort and glue.
- magnet writing boards - mini ones from Michaels and the Dollar General ($1.00)
- alphabet stencils - Dollar Tree
- "Fancy Pencils" - someone was throwing away these pencils at the end of last year. They are colored pencils that are swirly.
- keyboards - paper printed keyboard that are laminated.
- sign language boards - copied and laminated
- magnet letters - from the Dollar Tree. I keep them in a cute little metal lunch box from JoAnn Fabrics. Students use the cover of the tin or a file cabinet to make and break their words.
- letter beads - students string these onto pipe cleaners. They are also kept in the little lunch boxes.
- wikki sticks
Right now all of these materials are stored in a basket on one of the shelves. I hope to keep them is transparent shoe boxes on the cubby shelves once my shelf make-over is finished and I can get the labels made.So far, these are the routines that I have come up with. What do you do for word work?