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This year we have moved to a 4 blocks reading/writing component. I am teaching the GT group this year, so I looking to gain valuable lessons to enrich these students with words. I have already done making words, guess covered word, using the word wall.

I'm looking for some activities with word sorts, prefixes, suffixes and any other suggestions to enrich my students, since the basic activities are too simple.

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This website has Do Nows that I use with my higher 5th grade students.
http://school.scrabble-assoc.com/main.asp?id=71
It is very similar to Making Words, but has the Scrabble twist to it.

I have a book called Letter Links by MindWare that uses letter circles to figure out a mystery word. There are both position and definition clues.
http://www.mindwareonline.com/MWESTO...letter%20links
I use water bottle caps for the letter circles though the book comes with press out ones.

Daily Word Ladders from Scholastic is also a great resource.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...y+word+laddres

I also have prefix, suffix, base, and root tiles that I plan to put in my word station. You can get them from Really Good Stuff or buy one set- they have masters in the sets so you could make your own. They have some activities to do with them and I am currently working on a list of my own.
http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/produ...a-c8701a04d4bf

I love the books -Prefixes and Suffixes book and also the Greek and Latin book from the Learning Company.

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Works...6&sr=8-1-fkmr0
I do one unit a week in my whole group instruction reading time. There is word list for each week, a read around activity, a matching activity, and a quiz for each unit.

I also know that Four Block has a prefix suffix lesson book, but I don't have it.

I hope that helps!
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words their way is a great way to do word work with kids on their level.
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Have you got the 4 blocks book for upper elementary? (Month by Month phonics for upper grades) It has awesome ideas for word work for older students. I love the activities they have and they are laid out very easily and clearly. They are great for your higher level kids.

http://www.amazon.com/Month-Month-Ph..._bxgy_b_text_b
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Wonderful ideas and I plan to check out all of them. Thank you so much.


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This is a vocabulary resource, but it is really challenging for my high-level 5th graders and they LOVE it: Vocabulary Puzzles and Activities
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I bought a copy of Ceasar's English I for my GT kids this year as they had topped out of word study in previous years. I would recommend only buying the teacher's edition and then just picking and choosing what you want to use. I use word study with my other kids, so I try to give it to them "word study style" so as not to set them apart so much from the other kids. They have 1 activity per day just like the other kids, but their directions are sometimes a bit different.

Ceasar's English includes some crosswords, analogies, work w/ synonyms and antonyms...i like the one where they give a complicated sentence for students to simplify. If you take a look at it, you own ideas will begin to flow, you'll borrow parts and dismiss others. My regular kids do their initial sort the first day, sentences the second day, ABC order or Word Hunt the third day, practice test the fourth day and real test the 5th day. The GT kids nearly have the same menu of activities except they have fewer words with more focus on meaning.

Wordmasters is also a good program for the GT kids. The words are quite complicated and the analogies are challenging. I think that program only provides one word list per month. Wordmasters also comes with a great graphic organizer where the kids make up an analogy, find antonyms, synonyms, make a sentence, etc. for each word.

If you are looking for something the kids can work on independently, try Wordly Wise.
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