The kids are practicing their spelling words and having fun at the same time. They take it very seriously. Have you implemented Daily Five in your classroom? I would love to hear how it is going for you.
Daily 5, By Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.
Step 1 - If you don't have the book, get it. I have read it through twice now and it has changed my perspective on how I will implement literacy centers in my first grade classroom this fall. If you are at all interested in The Daily 5, get it, read it.
Work Work - Fun ways to have the kiddos practice spelling skills. "The Sisters" in the book Daily 5, explain the importance of Word Work for reading and writing development. Some of the goals of Word Work are:
- Experimenting with words for learning and practicing a spelling pattern
- Memorizing high frequency words
- Generalizing spelling patterns
- Adding to our knowledge and curiosity of unique and interesting words
Materials: A key consideration for Word Work is identifying the materials students will use for their practice. While there are tons of choices, The Sisters recommend selecting materials and then keeping it consistent for the year. This supports their proposition of providing authentic reading and writing experiences for your students. If the materials keep changing, the kiddos may become focused on the novelty of the materials rather than the Word Work.
A list of materials I am working on for the kids to practice Word Work includes the following:
- Magnetic letters
- Scrabble tiles
- Wikki Stix
- Letter stamps
- Mr. Sketch colored markers
- Tactile letters, Foam letters, Upwords game (perhaps as one rotating activity)
- Just added: alphabet beads for stringing their words
I plan to use the process outlined in the book, Daily 5, to introduce Word Work. The Sisters make the point that the kids will need time to "explore and play" with the materials for Word Work in order to use them for tools for spelling practice.
Now that I have gathered the materials for Word Work, I need to have a kid friendly storage system that allows easy access to the materials but also keeps them organized. The kiddos should be able to set up, work with the materials, and clean up independently. A tall order...
My amazing teaching partner has made cards with our Words to Learn for each week. Let the fun begin!
How do you organize your materials for Daily 5 Word Work? What materials have been successful for use with the kiddos? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.
~ Clara @ First Grade Sunflowers and Ladybugs