Thursday, February 3, 2011

Word Explorer Unit Giveaway

I am excited to announce a new giveaway!! Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten has offered to giveaway a copy of her new word study unit. The unit comes with a high frequency word list, word family lists, a lesson plan format,word wall activities, word wall cheers, and recording sheets. It is designed to be used daily for about 10-15 minutes and to last throughout the year. Here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1) go to Deedee's blog and become a follower.

2) Follow Deedee on Teachers Pay Teachers.

3) Then make a comment below on a way to engage students in word work.

The giveaway ends Friday, February 11th at midnight. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on Saturday, February 12th. Good luck everyone!!

33 comments:

Mrs. Harris said...

The best way to engage students in word work is to make it hands on. Let the students move and manipulate the words themselves and discover patterns, new words, fake words, etc.

I'm following her blog and her on TPT :) Thanks!!

getoffyourhighhorse said...

I try to surround the students with lots of different choices so that word work isn't work but FUN!
I'm following her blog and her TPT store. Thank you.

Sandra Guntorius said...

I love to change up what I do to keep the children intrested.

I follow her blog and tpt.

Pinks My Ink said...

I am already following her blog, I now follow her TPT site, this is some amazing stuff!

I try to teach my students to find the value in each and every word they encounter. Each day, when they are finished with their independent work and are waiting for others, they sit in front of our word wall. There they try to illustrate words into feelings, put them into stories about what it was like to become this newly invented word, and other creative writing techniques. Words are our warfare!

Cindy said...

I follow her blog and she's on my faves list at Tpt. Anything hands on makes word work fun!

Erin Ropelato said...

I follow Deedee's blog and her TpT site.

For Word Work, try and give the kids letter tiles they can manipulate on their own- do as much as possible hands on and then show them how to apply what they are doing to real life.

Mandy's Memories said...

I already follow her blog~

Mandy's Memories said...

I think you should find something the child is interested in and make it inviting. Hands on is the best way to engage studnets in my opinion.

Megan said...

I follow Mrs. Wills blog and now her TPT store. Love this giveaway! At the rest of repeating some of the other commenters, I have to say hands on is the way to go ! My kinders are more attentive and motivated if they are actively involved.

Mrs. Patton said...

I follow her blog!

http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Patton said...

I follow her TpT store!

http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Patton said...

For word work, I try to vary what we do. Every nine weeks we switch out the word work tubs. I look on blogs to find fun new ideas. I will be posting soon about my Word Detective Book. My kids love it because it involves post-it notes :) One I found was making words in pudding!

http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/

Becky said...

I now follow her blog! I like to give different opportunities with word work. Quickly doing a stort on the smart board, playing with magnetic letters on my chart stand, to children making words independntly at a center.

dlhawkins04 said...

I just joined her blog and started following her on TPT. I am new to the blog thing and am becoming increasingly obsessed. I like to do all different things for word work from word chop (using movement as we spell words) to magnetic letters, my students fave is the play-doh!!!

Erin Eberhart said...

I'm a follower of BOTH and love her ideas! :)

I try to challenge my students by reading the room, word walls, environmental print, etc. They have the opportunity to use clipboards, markers, colored pencils, gel pens, and so on. By changing the materials they can use each week, it keeps the center alive! In addition, my students enjoy roll a word, punch prints, and letter legos. All of these hands on activities work to keep them engaged and interested in word work.

Rachelle said...

You really just have to do a variety! I like to make things fun and different by doing it kinetically. Let's all run in place while we spell this word out loud! :)

I'm following both of her sites! :)
-Rachelle
www.whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

Gladys said...

I really like engaging my kids in making words activities! Making it fun and using a variety of strategies keeps my little ones engaged!

p.s. I'm following her blog!

-Gladys
http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

~*~Ash~*~ said...

I have a book (it's at school, i don't know the name of it off the top of my head) that includes word families for each week.
The students have to create the words using letter tiles. I also use word ladders every day, and my kiddos LOVE them!

I'm a follower of both sites! :)

http://teachinghappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

B. Roper said...

I follow her blog and on TpT! To make word work interesting I try to make it hands on and relavent to each class! It is important to make it fun then they do not realize they are learning!

Chrissy said...

I follow Deedee's blog and on TpT! We use clipboards, individual white boards, daily journals, and file folder games to keep word work interesting. My class is assembling a word book, filled with relevant words from our social studies units and word family lists. The children enjoy using the book when writing with partners!

randee said...

My students LOVE the word work station b/c they get to CHOOSE what they want to do with words! Students usually have 3-5 choices at this station. Some of my students' favorites are magnetic letters, wikki stix, and alphabet stamps!

Anonymous said...

I engage my students by letting them choose the word lists they wish to use. I have various themed lists each month in addition to the word families and they LOVE getting to do these. For the month of February I have "Groundhog Words," the "President Words," the "Valentine Words," and the "Teeth Words."
kathleen.clifton@ocps.net

Lyday Family said...

I use magnetic letters, wikki stix, stamps, letter tiles to keep my students interested in word work. They enjoy creating words by manipulating beg /middle/ ending sounds.

penny w said...

I'm already following Deedee's blog and TPT store. I really liked the idea of using stickers (I think it was on Babbling Abby's blog) to help inspire students writing.

abxmomof3 said...

I am following her blog and also on TPT. I am a preservice teacher so I have not done anything as of yet, this will be a great resource for me for when I intern in the fall!!

Vickie Heydenreich

Mrs. Shaw said...

I now follow her blog.

Mrs. Shaw said...

I now follow her on tpt!

Mrs. Shaw said...

My students love to make words with play doh, sand, and magnetic letters! They love hands on activities!

Kim H said...

I like to give my students a variety of materials to use for word work. Today, I pulled out my tub of glasses (Froggie, ladybug, fish and butterfly glasses, bought at the dollar store, along with dollar store glasses with the lenses popped out) and they were a big hit!! We alos use the mini clipboards, which my kids love, as well.
PS - I now follow Deedee's blog and her TpT store.

Katie said...

I like to use alphabet archs...very hands on and they love to build words by pulling down the letters and making their sounds. I follow her blog and TpT.

Katie
spencekatie@ymail.com

Kinderpond said...

I follow her blog and on TpT.

My students favorite thing to do is anything to use the camera.
We have three things that they get to use the camera:
bottle caps
letter cubes
magnetic letters

My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE taking photos :)

Donna said...

I'm a follower!! I love to use magnetic letters for the kids to make words with.

Mrs. Lofgren said...

My students love playing word builders. They have a baggie filled with all of the letters of the alphabet. I say a word and they build it. Then I say a new word by adding, deleting, or changing a letter. They love it!