This word work center is great for your word work area during center time or guided reading! This resource keeps your students fully engaged with 8 different center activities for them to choose from. Students will love the different themes and you will love how each center has them fully engaged in building and reading words. March’s themes of St. Patrick’s Day, basketball, and spring make your word work extra fun!
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.
–Word Roll: Students pick a Word Roll card and roll a die. They read the word that they land on and repeat! This is a fun way to incorporate something kids enjoy (rolling dice) to reading words. This also includes a paper die that you can make for this center.
–Match It: Students match the picture to the word (l-blends). Then, they put the basketball with the matching basketball hoop.
–Build It: Students pull a word card and build the word with their gold coin piece cards on the pot of gold box. 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 -NT, the student will place an N&T behind the letters and determine if the word is a real or nonsense word.
Phonics skills included: sight words, ending blends, -ng, -nk, l-blends, digraphs, r-vowels, vowel teams, trigraphs
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. 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.
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