Monday, September 19, 2011

Daily 5 - Word Work

I think Word Work is my favorite Daily 5 choice to introduce. The kiddos LOVE choosing it and there's a lot of variety in what they can do (just check out the picture below!). 

I have a hard time getting the students to call this station "word work" instead of "playdoh" :)
The big oil drip pan is GREAT for having the students sort magnetic letters. I got the idea off of pinterest and it was super easy to make.  I put magnet tape on the back of the letter headers but if I could do it over I would use tape instead so the students can't get them out of order. 

Here are some pictures of them in action:

Letters from Lakeshore Learning

letter sorting by diff. fonts

Playdoh names! They can make their own name or a friend's. 

Playdoh names and playdoh cookie cutter letters

File folder game

file folder game

Environmental Print match-up (you can also play this as a memory game)

building words/names

When I first introduced this station, I had every table group (I have 3 table groups) assigned to a different word work choice. Ex: I had group 1 work with magnetic letters, Group 2 work with playdoh names/cookie cutters, Group 3 work with the file folder games, environment print and letter font sort. After every group had a chance to work with each of the tools, I let them choose whatever they wanted.
As the year goes on I switch a lot of games out and put in new games/puzzles.

The letter headers for the oil drip is an already-made dj inkers set.
Environmental Print cards are free printables from Hubbards Cupboard.

Good luck with your Daily 5!


Tara said...

These look great!!! I wanna be in your class!!

4th Grade Frolics

First year kinder teacher said...

Wow! These are great activities!! What font do u use to make the students names for the playdoh mats?
Thanks for sharing : )

Katy said...

Love this! I wish we could do Daily 5... it looks so fun, and WAY less planning for the teacher! :) We're still kicking it old school with the basal reading series... ;) Thanks for sharing that link to the environmental print cards - that will be a great game for my games center! :)

Kindergarten Katy

Judy Lau said...

Thanks! @First year kinder - the font is just a "word art" on microsoft word!

Emily said...

I love the play-doh names....I am going to use names before sight words now! :)
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Nicole said...

Oh I can't WAIT to get to Word Work now! We're getting there, slowly.

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Karen said...

Your word work activities look so much fun and educational! I went on-line to Lakeshore to look for the letters you have in different fonts, but was unable to find them. How long ago did you buy them?

Judy Lau said...

Karen - I tried looking online as well and it's not there! I bought them 2 years ago. If I see it again, I'll let you know!

Unknown said...

What font did you use for the play dough mats? Please email me at

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