What is your favorite part of your day? Without a doubt, it is literacy centers for my students and I!
They love to work collaboratively. They love to be independant. They love having choices.
I love watching them. They are helpful. They are hard working. They are capable of so much! My students work like Star Students!
I just finished updating a few new spelling/word work activities and thought I would share them with you!
These activity pages could be used to practice spelling or sight words as a center, morning work, or homework. My students enjoy the variety.
Since I have control issues To be sure my students clearly understand what to do for each activity, I model and my students do the same activity for that rotation of centers. After they have learned all the spelling activities I hang a menu board and they are able to choose whichever activity they’d like during word work.
I also have sight word stamps, salt trays, and writing paper to write spelling sentences but these activities seem to be most engaging for my first graders.
How do you teach and assess your students spelling words?
My district didn’t have a spelling program, so my team and I made one many years ago. I love it so much and continue to use this program more than 10 years later!
At the beginning of the week after I explicitly teach the new spelling pattern, I give my students a word list to practice what they have just been taught. It also serves as one way for parents to know the new spelling words to practice at home. (Plus I get a little handwriting practice in too).
During the week we practice the words during mini lessons with our whiteboards, word sorts, and dictation sentences.
|Pocket Chart Sorting Cards|
My most favorite part of the Spelling Bundle is the assessment. It is clear with this assessment if a student has memorized their spelling words or really understands the spelling pattern and can transfer their knowledge of the pattern in untaught words. I dictate the words list words we have practiced throughout the week. The “star” words are words that we haven’t practiced but follow the same spelling pattern.
Students must edit the silly sentence and write it correctly, then finally they read (to themselves) the bottom sentence and draw a picture to show comprehension.
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Thanks so much for reading! I’d LOVE for you to leave a quick comment to share with me engaging ways you have your students work with words!!! 🙂