Thursday, January 14, 2016

Spelling Drawers

This post has been two years in the making! I started writing it back when I taught Grade 1 two years ago.... but it is finally done :) I was asked about my spelling drawers when I shared the photo below of the rainbow cart. When I taught Grade 1 it housed my spelling and HFW activities for Word Work. 

I LOVE Word Work because it was a already prepared, don't have to think about activity. I only switched out the activities each term. Even though the kids did Word Work at least twice a week, they didn't seem to get bored with the choices having them out for that amount of time. I'm guessing because even over the term, they'd only do each activity 2 or 3 times if they chose different ones. 

I allowed my students to choose whatever activity they liked and take it to a seat. Two students could work on the same activity at a time.

I did have other activities like sandpaper words, scrabble tiles, wikki sticks etc but this is what I had in the drawers the term I took the photos:
  

You can grab the Roll and Write Graph and Make/Say/Check/Mix/Write sheets in Google Drive. These files have standard fonts and no graphics so that I could leave them editable for you to make any changes you want.

What's your favourite activity for spelling? I'd love some new ideas, particularly for Grade 4!

5 comments:

  1. Students love having choices. It gives them some control over their learning and helps them to take ownership of it. I love all of the options you include in your drawers.
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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    1. Thanks April, I try to have an element of choice in just about everything we do, whether it's the task, the materials, the complexity, where to sit or whether to work independently or in groups.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Kylie. I love your spelling drawers and your ideas. I use a variety of multi sensory activities with the younger students. Letter magnets and stamps are always popular. One of the favourites is writing the words on shaving cream. Writing the words on sand is another. Games of all sorts is a great way for students to be involved and interested.
    Margaret
    reflectionsofateacherau@blogspot.com.au

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    1. I've never been game enough to use shaving cream! Since the students worked on these activities during Daily 5, I was working with groups or individual conferences. I think it would be a great whole class activity though (if I could get over the mess!!).

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  3. Love the post Kylie! I'm doing something similar as part of reading groups, but only giving my students 4 options at a time. My four choices to start off the year are: typing on old computer keyboards, stamps, letter beads on pipe cleaners and making the words with letter tiles.

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