Each morning when my students come into class they choose which rotation sequence they want to go to. I have strategically chosen the pictures so that I never have more than 4 or 5 students in word work at a time.
I have used various units and activities for word work over the last few years, but these two units are my favorite so far. The kids really enjoy them and stay engaged and working while completing them. This Pocket Full of Kinders unit is only $4 and it is awesome. We practiced each of these activities as a whole class and with my supervision in a small group for a couple of weeks before I moved them into the rotation chart and let them do them independently.
Sight Word Construction by Karen Jones
Students also use letter cookie cutters and these word cards to make words out of play doh. They can make the words by cutting them out or rolling the play doh to form the letters.
They use the magnetic letters and stamps with the word recording sheets I showed above. I keep all of my word work materials in baskets that look the same on a shelf together. Students have access to highlighters, stamps, magnetic letters, cookie cutters, and word cards. They use their own scissors, glue, and crayons.
Word work is the one station that sometimes drives me crazy because of the clean up. This is why I limit the number to no more than 5 students at a time and why I have them work in one general area. Some teachers prefer their students do different and separate activities and spread out around the room so that they do not talk while they work. I have tried that too, but in the end I am happier with it this way.
This week we started work on read to someone. The lessons I taught each day came from Kim Adsit's Powerful Partnerships unit.
We practiced how to sit together and read a book when you both have a copy of the book. We practiced pointing to words and reading them at the same time as our partner.
This week our choice chart looked like this. I took my students back down to one choice rotation because everyone had read to someone as their first choice every day this week. I plan to do this one more week. Then I will set the chart back up the way it was, but with read to someone as a choice too. Next week we will move further into Kim's unit and talk about how to talk and share about the book we read with our partner.