Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Word work station....

This is a station that I struggle with. It's one where my kids loose motivation easily and a majority of the behavior problems start here. I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix all the problems that happen here. This is the reason that I started this week with the word work station. I am hopeful that as we share ideas that I will gain some incite into making this station successful. Here are the activities that I place into this station (not necessarly at the same time):

Word sorts (Words their way)- this stays in this center from the time we start with sorts. Our first sorts are concept sorts, sound only sorts (beginning sounds) and letter sorts.

Letter charaistic sorts- tall letters, short letters, tail letters

Sight word- matching, making sentences

Puzzles- build a word puzzles, self correcting picture to word puzzles

and that is all I've got... Help bloggers what do you do to spice up your word work station

4 comments:

  1. Things I have tried or will try in my Word Work Station:

    -patting Play-doh in a plastic lid and using a golf tee to practice letter formation, sight words, CVC words
    -providing sandpaper letters (from Lakeshore) to touch and a sand tray to practice
    -magnetic letters and small baking sheets (a class favorite)
    -A bowl full of plastic letters with a spoon that I called "Letter Soup"
    -alphabet beads and SMALL pieces of plastic string

    Accountability keeps the behavior problems down, but this was one of my most challenging stations, too. I had recording sheets at one time, but it didn't make me or the children happy. By the end of the year I got the clue to give this station it's own word wall (it was located too far away from the larger one). I put a few sight words, words they were interested in and vocabulary cards from our science units. They loved the vocab cards the best! It certainly helped.

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  2. And you don't have to have this comment post... but I think you wanted to use the word "insight" :)

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  4. If you do donor's choose... this is a great option my kinders love! Hot Dots... they have these puppy pens that bark when they get the answer correct or virtually gong when they don't. =) They have cards ranging from everything from color all the way up through reading. So I have those basic skills and then I have isolating sound cards and cards where is show pictures and the kids have to select the correct word for that picture! It's always a hit! About $200 for a good center but again if you can get it funded. =)

    I also do Sight Word books in this lab. Let the kids get practice with applying those words. And believe it or not alphabetizing. I teach them how to list words in ABC order. Either cutting them out and arranging them on a longwise sentence strip or writing them in a list. The kids love that too! (If you do this just make sure you don't skip any letters... the kids don't get that just yet.)

    Hope these were helpful! I love those word sorts! I actually have the kids glue them into a spiral notebook so they can refer to it when they write! (They can write a story using words that begin with B or whatever sort they choose.) It definitely gives them some writing ideas and links it back to reading! =)

    Empowering Kinders and Other Kids Too

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