Okay! Okay! I know. I tend to post about Daily 5 Word Work a lot. Over the past couple of years, I noticed my kids would get bored with Word Work about 1/2 way through the school year. I knew I needed to come up with a variety of manipulatives that I could change out from time to time, so their interest wouldn't fade. I wanted to keep it exciting and engaging, so last summer I was on a mission to find and/or create a variety of supplies.
Here are a few of the options my students have to use right now:
Who would have known how exciting the Crayola Dry Erase Board Set could be?! They are similar to white boards and dry erase markers, but the slight variation has done the trick!
My kids love them!
I found these gel letters online.
They love building their words with these on small plates I purchased from Walmart.
Here is a look at the gel letter box. The letters are organized in alphabetical order.
It makes it easier for my students to find the letters they need.
I purchased these individual, small pocket charts from Target. They were in the dollar section. Keep an eye out for them in the summer. My students enjoy using these cardstock letters to build their words. Then they can use a dry erase marker and write their words too.
These letters are organized in alphabetical order too!
I also have a "job" for them too. The job is related to the phonics rule or sounds we worked on the previous week. This gives them time to practice independently.
We worked on the Silent "e" rule awhile back, but here is a look at a couple of activities I created last summer.
I use this to introduce how to change CVC words to CVCe words.
There are 8 different task cards.
The students have to find the silent "e" card with the new CVCe picture or word.
After they find all of the matches, then you have two options. The students can write their answers on the recording sheet or they can cut and paste the answers into the boxes.
You can find these task cards at my TpT store or by clicking on the image below.
I also created the following activity.
In this activity, the students practice changing CVC words to CVCe words too.
They love the Hollywood theme!
There are 20 different movie themed task cards and 20 matching clapboards.
It also includes a recording sheet.
You can find this activity at my TpT store too or by clicking on the image below.
While I'm talking about Silent "e" I have to tell you about Kathy Griffin's song! I must be her biggest fan, because she has made teaching phonics so much fun!
I play this song on my computer and project it onto our overhead screen via the document camera. It is an understatement to say that my kids lOvE...LoVe...LOVE this song! I think I have nearly all of her songs! I hope she keeps more coming! You should head on over to her TpT Store and check it out! You won't be sorry you did! Take my word and load up your cart!
She also has a blog Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies.
Thank you Kathy for making learning fun in my classroom!
You know I'll be back with more word work ideas later. ;0)
Happy word building!