This May word work center is fun, engaging, and perfect to keep your kids practicing making and learning words. The activities are easy to prep and keep your word work center fresh! In this center, students practice using phonics skills they learn in class and practice spelling sight words. It’s so important for students to learn to both read, write, and spell their sight words and phonics skills.
8 centers are included!
–Poetry: Students circle all the words with the skill in the poem. Then, they record the words on the word sort.
–Hopscotch: Students practice these words with a game piece. Great game pieces are Target mini erasers, snap cubes, coins, teddy bear counters, etc. Students can play alone or with a partner. If playing with a partner, I suggest printing two of the same card so each student has the same card and they can check for each other. They hop word to word, just like when playing hopscotch. There’s a writing page to go along with these cards as well.
–Match It: Students match the picture to the word (ending digraphs). Then, they put the seashell underneath the appropriate digraph on the umbrella.
–Build It: Students pull a word card and build the word with their marshmallow cards on the campfire. Then, they write it with a dry erase marker. Sight word cards are easy to differentiate with words from the Fry word list (1st 100 word list, 2nd 100 word list, and 3rd 100 word list).
–Picture It: Students fill in the missing letters with magnet letters. They use the picture as a clue to figure out the word.
–Silly Story: Students pick a story page and create a silly story using at least 4 words from the word list.
–Picture Spelling: Students will write their words in the picture. I give my students colored pens for this activity so it’s like “coloring” the picture.
–Spin It: Students spin a paperclip on the card. Using magnetic letters, students place that magnet on the card from whatever they land on and read the real and nonsense words they made. For example, if the spinner lands on M, the student will place an M in front of each word family and determine if the word is a real or nonsense word.
Phonics skills included: digraphs, long vowels, short vowels, vowel teams, blends, and sight words.
Solve A Problem: In my classroom, word work was my least favorite center. Whenever I was teaching guided reading, I would look at the back table where word work was. I would watch that group of four or five students constantly talking, laughing, messing around, and not learning. They were putting forth no effort. They were careless. I knew I needed something, so I listened to what they like about word work and what they would like to see in that center. Students love matching games, themed games that are the same every month but slightly change to match the season, magnetic letters, and using pens. My students now love word work and so do I!
Organization: There are directional posters for every center. Please check the preview to see how I display the word work and for a closer look at each center! Each center has a title card. I switch out the word work bulletin board every month with examples so students can reference it when they need to. I keep each center inside plastic bins with lids so that pieces do not get lost.