Saturday, August 27, 2016

Word Work Ideas



Hiya! I don't know about you but while I LOVE word work it is ALWAYS my most difficult area of literacy stations/Daily 5 rotations to organize, manage, come up with new ideas. I am here to share Super fun and engaging word work ideas with you today as well as some organization ideas that will have you loving word work!  Instead of searching late Sunday night for "something" to throw in the word work station.  Or having to listen to the kids say "writing our words 5 times each is so boring" because you don't have anything for word work.  Or "rainbow write again?" because you only have that one activity your colleague shared with you. 

My word work consists of 3 main skill concepts. Practicing spelling words, practicing sight words, and reviewing/practicing/noticing spelling patterns.
But keeping it fresh and new can be a challenge!!
I like to give students a choice when choosing what activity to do during word work. I usually introduce 3 or 4 of the easiest ones the first week of school, one a day as we are practicing Word Work as a whole group. I then change out the ones that are skill specific each week, and add new ones and put away older ones to keep things fresh! There are some that never see the light of day some years, you know when you have THAT class?!?!?
But let's focus on the positive! I am positive that you will like at least ONE of these word work activities!
How many?
In this activity students write their word list and count how many vowels and consonants there are. This is great practice for focusing on vowel patterns with out students even realizing it! This is included in my Word Work for any list Activities

Rainbow Write Option 1 - sight words students trace each letter in rainbow order practicing their sight words. This is available individually in my store by clicking on the title.

Rainbow Write Option 2 - this is part of my Word Work for Any List activities. Students write all of their words in the red band in red, and so on.

10 Frame Words
Combine math and your word list! Students write their list and count how many letters and then fill in the ten frame, accordingly. This is included in my Word Work Activities for any list.

Words Sort - the students write each word in the box that corresponds with how many letters it has. Another one including a bit of math! This is another activity included in my Word Work Activities for any list.

ABC Order - great activity for any list which includes an alphabet line ON the paper!

Add it up! More math and words! In this activity students write their list, then write how much each letter is worth and add it up and write the total in the oval.

My Word Work Activities for any list also includes labels for drawers or containers!!!


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All in all there are 15 activities in my Word Work Activities for any list for only $3.
You can save copies by laminating the activities or putting them in plastic sleeves to be used over and over!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016-2017 Room Reveal

Hiya! BEWARE! SUPER PHOTO HEAVY POST! My room is ready to go! I have spent so many hours working on it! I am super happy with the way that it turned out. I am teaching 6th grade ELA, Science and SS this year in an elementary setting. Being a lower primary person I had to work really hard not to make it too *cute*.
My room is done in black and white polka-dots and chevron with color accents.
It is the same as when I taught before.

The building is pretty old and there is a LOT of wood and really ugly floors! I can't paint so I had to make due! #reallife #notallteachersteachinabrandnewbuilding
This is my door with my Ribbon Curtain!

From corner opposite the door looking back towards the door.

Now lets go around the room starting at the door.
Shelves to the right of the door as you come in.
My ELA Focus Wall

My district uses Wonders but I have the freedom to pick and choose as long as I stay with our scope and sequence. My focus wall helps keep me on track and allows parents, administration anyone who walks in my room to know what our current focus is in ELA which is pretty important since I teach 2 sections of Spelling, Grammar and Reading. I switch with a partner across the hall and she teaches my students Math. We do our own Writing, Social Studies and Science.
The polka-dot and chevron border is Teacher Created Resources that you can get HERE. And the rainbow chevron herringbone is from Creative Teaching Press and you can get it HERE. It was the closest I could find to match my rainbow colors. The purple is really off but I'm trying to deal!
Writing Area and Shelves

Our writing goals clip chart is here and Punctuation Posters which I printed 2 to a page and Sentence Posters using the Big Kid Language from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Non-magnetic white board

The voice levels are in my store HERE for FREE!!!!


This has my noise levels and calendar. I created my calendar myself to match. I made it in Photoshop and had it printed poster size at Office Depot.

Science Focus Wall

Since I taught Science for 5 years in 4th it's pretty close to my heart almost as close as ELA! On this board I put my Scientific Method Posters and What Do Scientists Do from my Teachers Pay Teachers store along with space for anchor charts to go along with our current subject.
Magnetic Whiteboard where my Doc Camera Projects
On this board I used THIS magnetic border and we have our Questions Chart on the right side which always shows even in projector screen is down. I HATE don't care for answering the same questions about assignments after I have given directions so I created this to magically solve the problem! Ok so not really but it does help A LOT! On the far right is our schedule and it also has my homework club. Otherwise this board is pretty blank - it's the one I use to write on so I need the blank space.
Social Studies Focus Wall

Our 6th grade Social Studies curriculum is World Geography. I divided this bulletin board into six sections for the continents we study (sorry Antartica). It has a map, the name, and landmarks which is part how we teach our units. The students will add dots/pins to the maps and facts as the year progresses. I think it will be neat to see it grow!
Built in Shelves and Windows

Library/Reading Nook

See the tutorial to make the READ marquee letters from a Monday Made it HERE.


Similar chair available HERE from Amazon (affiliate link)


This is my FAVORITE area in my room! As it should be right?

I have my Genre Posters up for reference and my Reading Strategies Posters.
Student Coat Hooks
Above the area is a narrow long bulletin board perfect for my cursive alphabet line! Alphabet line, border and the I put some of the lyrics to our class theme song "The Greatest" on the wall and more border above it.  

I hope this post has given you some ideas for your classroom and that yo have a GREAT year!