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Throwback Thursday – Word Work!

One of the things that really worked well for my class last year was Daily 5! We used a modified version that fit our schedule and I (and my students!) absolutely loved it! Now that I have been using it in my classroom for 2 and a half years, I really feel like we have a smooth routine going. Of course, I am always looking for more fun, meaningful word work activities for my students, and I was really excited when I found these letter magnets last year!
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Originally posted November 18, 2012
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am SO excited to have the whole week off for Thanksgiving break! I have so many things I have been wanting to get done and am excited to finally have some extra time to do them!
One of my goals this year was to get more word work stations organized for my students during Daily 5, and I am happy to say that so far, so good! I want to share one word work activity that worked really well during October with the cute Halloween letters, and now I have colorful letters that will work during any season!
First, here is where I keep most of our Daily 5 activities for word work and work on writing. The pink baskets are the perfect size to hold most of the materials needed.
Here is the basket for the magnetic wow work. I picked up a couple pizza pans at the Dollar Tree (pink baskets are from there as well) and the cute blue container I just found at Staples last weekend!
I am in LOVE with these letters! I ordered them off etsy earlier this year from “2 Crystal Chicks.” They are wooden and magnetic and have cute eyes on the top of every letter!
Students use the letters to spell out their spelling words based on their Words Their Way list for the week. I have 5 different spelling groups, so I tell students they can work by themselves or with someone in the same group as them to practice their words.
 Also, this week we introduced another Fluency strategy on our CAFE Menu: 
Practice common sight words and high frequency words
To help students work on that strategy I showed them the adorable owl sight words that I got from my sweet friend Tara. You can see them in action in her class here
My students have really enjoyed the word work activities that we have been doing this year! They have been engaged and I think that it is really important for them to have these kinesthetic and visual experiences with their spelling and sight words!
I’m linking up with Mrs. Carroll for Throwback Thursday!
  1. Miss Cosby says:

    I like hearing that other teachers don't feel restricted or pressured by the standard format of D5. I had to change it to to fit my classroom environment, too. I felt like I wasn't doing it right at first but I needed to do what worked for my classroom.

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  2. Mary Wingert says:

    I remember reading this when you originally posted it. I immediately ordered some of those cute letters for my word work stations. I just love them! Thank you!


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