|Some ideas for the Word Work
Word Sort: Students look at a story (basal reader
or trade book) and find words for each category on the sheet.
Use spelling pattern or rhyming words to create bingo games.
Categorize words by word families, spelling pattern, ABC
order, etc. You can also categorize words into nouns,
verbs, adjectives, etc.
Write a word in the middle of the web and write related words
Create a tree, put word in the roots and
write words using the root word.
Draw a ladder. Start with 2 letter word and build words going
up the ladder.
Brainstorm words with the same spelling pattern as the current
week's words to create a small word wall.
I created alphabet letters using tiles/chips that we used as
math manipulatives. Using a permanent marker, write a
letter on each tile and place in a small tub or plastic
ziplock bag. Students use the tiles to spell out words.
Flashcards: Use flashcards to have students
categorize, sort, match, etc. See our flashcards in the
ABC Order: (Materials: list of high frequency words, index
cards, paper, zip-lock bags) Create sets of cards using high frequency
words. Create leveled sets for all different abilities. Place sets in
zip-lock bags with an answer sheet. Students take out a set of cards and
place the words in ABC order. Then they copy onto paper their answers. As
the year continues, increase level of difficulty or incorporate dictionary
skills into this center.
Bulletin Board: [This great activity was created by a
colleague of mine, and I found it to be a
great hit with the students.] (Materials: copy of a word
search, bulletin board, dry erase marker, eraser or wipes) Enlarge a
copy of a word search (Kinkos or any other copy center can do this for
you) and laminate the enlarged copy. Staple it to a bulletin board.
Add a dry erase marker, an eraser or wipes. As long as students keep it
clean, this activity will last a long time and you can reuse it year after
Activity: (Materials: plastic/magnetic letters,
basket/container) This activity requires two students. Using the
spelling words of the week, one student says a word and the second student
must spell it correctly using the plastic letters. If you have
magnetic letters, the students enjoy spelling on the board. The
students switch when the spelling list is completed.