Word Work is a very important part of reading class. We spend a few minutes a couple of times a week making words and it is one of my centers.
When we make words as an entire class I print a page with letters on it and the students cut apart the letters at the beginning of class. Then, I call out a series of words and the students have to make the words out of the letters they have.
For the letters above the first word would be “is”, then when would make “it”, then they would change “it” to “kit” and so on. We go through making maybe 10 words. The goal of the activity is for the students to figure out the word they can make with all of their letters. In this case the word is “tricks”. I use a book called, Making Words, to generate this activity. This has been a difficult task for the students and it has been very enlightening for me as a teacher. I walk around and keep notes of the students having difficulty and if I have time I make note of the words they are struggling to make to see if I can find a pattern to their difficulty. If I can find the pattern, then I can offer specific help. This is a great activity because the students are manipulating sounds and matching letters to the sounds.
I also have a word work center. I am switching between playing Boggle, which the kids love, and playing a game I found for the iPads, Moxie 2. The kids LOVE Moxie more than Boggle. At first I thought the game would be too difficult for them, but they love it! They are begging to play in their free time now and I don’t have the heart to explain to the them that they are LEARNING while playing! Moxie 2 gives the students three rows of letters and then pops up new letters. The students have to insert the new letter into one of the three rows of words to make a new word! It is brilliant!
I made this recording sheet for the students to keep up with the words they make and their point total at the end of the game. Click on the picture to get the form.