Throughout the week, the kids practice both high frequency words (Rebecca Sitton Spelling) and letter/sound patterns (Words Their Way) based specifically on individual needs. I meet with small groups to provide instruction on letter/sound patterns. We call these groups "Word Work Groups". These groups work on teacher guided activities over the course of a two week period.
Please take a look at word work/spelling in our classroom...
As you are aware, the kids are introduced to new spelling words each week. The kids typically participate in a couple of activities that focus specifically on these high frequency words, and then select an activity from the Spelling Menu. The Spelling Menu currently includes the following choices: 1. Stamping your Words. 2. "Writing" your words with a Q-Tip onto the surface of a tightly sealed ZipLoc Bag filled with paint. 3. Writing your words on a Spelling Grid. 4. Practicing your words with a triple tip Crayola Marker. 5. Writing your words with Crayola Gel Markers (that have a very cool effect when used on dark paper). These menu choices change slightly every few weeks.
Menu Choice - Paint in a Bag
Menu Choice - Gel Markers
Menu Choice - Letter Stamps
Menu Choice -Triple Tip Crayola Markers
Word Work Component (Words Their Way)
1. The kids are introduced to a letter/sound pattern during small group instruction. The children participate in a word sort that will help them practice their specific pattern.
A completed sort after small group instruction. Practicing the letter/sound pattern
Working on a word sort.
2. The kids participate in a Build and Blend activity based on the letter/sound pattern they are currently working on. This instruction is provided in a small group setting. We work together to combine onsets and rimes. The "onset" is the initial phonological unit of any word (ex.: c in cat) and the term "rime" refers to the string of letters that follow, usually a vowel and final consonants (ex.: "at" in cat).
Build and Blend - working in a small group.
Working independently on Build and Blend.
Build and Blend
3. The kids glue their word sort to a sorting page and add it to their portfolio.
I plan to mix the Word Work activities up slightly throughout the year to keep the work fresh and the kids engaged.