Much of the Same
08-29-2010, 01:30 PM
I teach 4th grade as well. We've yet to start this year, but Word Work has always been a part of my reading routine. There are many similarities between what is done in the primary grades and what you can do in your classroom. First, if you still use spelling words, use those words for the activities. If not, use vocabulary or word wall words. From there, you can have the students do many activities. From my understanding and experience, word work is all about exposure to many words and reinforcing the sounds and spelling in a more exciting way. Here are a few of the activities I have done in the past.
Rainbow Words: Students write the words in ROYBIV order. Each letter gets a different color.
Ransom Words: Students cut out the letters from a magazine.
Use the words in a story or a poem.
Make words using the letters from each word in the word list.
Another idea that I love to do is called Top 10. The idea is that the students choose 10 words from their list and then...
List the 10 words
Draw a picture to represent each of the words
Put them in ABC order
Use them in a sentence