One of my favorite aspects of Daily 5 (other than "Read to Self"-- who doesn't love the sound of children reading?!?) is "Word Work". I have tried Word Work in many different ways, but my favorite way is by using tubs.
Here is how Word Work works in my classroom:
I have 6 tubs (those 6 qt. shoebox tubs with lids from a store like Walmart). Inside of the tubs I include all types of word work materials. Here is an idea list:
- letter stamps/stamp pad
- letter stickers
- letter magnets
- colored pencils
- sight word flash cards or games
- a choice chart (this is one of my favorites!)
- pipe cleaners
- snap cubes
You can always trade materials out on a weekly or monthly basis. Here is an example of a planning guide that I made:
I color code items to match their tub label. So if something is in the "red" box-- I put a red sticker on it. For this I use the colored stickers you can find in the yard sale/boxing area of Walmart. Here are my boxes all labeled and ready to be filled!
Here is a picture of some of the items I might leave in the box year-round. These all came from my "blue" box-- so I tried to find a blue expo marker and pencil!
If you want a FREE word work planning guide-- click the picture below!