Do you spend countless hours hunting down “good fit” word work activities and literacy centers for each of your reading groups?
Word work is an amazing way to take students’ reading to the next level because it gives kids a chance to play with words – breaking them apart, putting them back together, reading and writing them, sorting them…
But – let’s face it – it’s also one of the most time consuming parts of the day. To make it REALLY work, we need to create different activities that are just right for each small group.
Alphabet activities for new readers, word family games for middle readers, silent e practice for more advanced readers…
Imagine what a time saver it would be to have everything in one spot! Major game changer, right?!
You’ll get hundreds of ready to print activities practicing everything from rhyming to digraphs and sight words in one easy download. It’s a treasure trove of motivating and effective activities kids will beg to do again and again!
And because it covers such a broad spectrum of reading skills, it’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten and first grade. The mega bundle is easy to differentiate for a huge variety of needs.
Setting Up Reading Groups
New to reading groups?! No problem. Here’s my general rundown of what it looks like in my classroom:
After giving students a baseline assessment to determine what reading strategies, letter sounds and words they know, I evaluate their reading level.
Sitting down with one student at a time, I give kids a low level book to read first, followed by books that are incrementally harder until we’ve found a book they can read with 90% accuracy.
I want students to be stretched a bit so that they need to practice their reading strategies but not stretched so far that they become frustrated and give up.
Once assessments are complete, dividing the class into small groups is a synch!
I simply group between 3 and 6 children who are at similar reading levels together.
Some groups may have a few more than others but, for the most part, it’s amazing how evenly they sort.
Word Work Centers
While some kiddos are meeting with me for small group reading instruction, other groups are working on centers like writing around the room, reading independently and (you guessed it!) word work.
For very early readers, it could be rhyming or breaking words into syllables. For more advanced readers, it might be CVC words or vowel teams like OA, EE or AI.
Since I love making learning fun and memorable for kids, I pull out games whenever possible. No boredom allowed!
For those early readers, we play a rhyming game.
Break words into syllables.
Name individual sounds (also known as “phonemes”) in words.
Or work on identifying beginning sounds.
With more advanced readers, we work on letter names and sounds.
If my next group of readers is working on CVC words, we tackle the most common word families in the bunch.
And for students who were even further along in the reading process, we master sight words…
Work on digraphs…
That sneaky Magic E…
With so many word work activities at my fingertips, it’s incredibly easy to differentiate for my students’ just right level.
In all, there are more than 300 activities to pull out and play!!
Everything in One Spot
I love having things organized and ready to print and play so the Mega Bundle includes more than 300 activities organized by skill.
- Motivating and confidence
- Breaking words into syllables
- Identifying and replace phonemes
- Beginning and ending sounds
- Print concepts
- Name games
- Letter names
- Letter sounds
- ABC order
- Letter formation
- Blending sounds together to make words
- Word families (CVC words that share a spelling pattern like cat, mat and hat)
- Word work activities
MORE ADVANCED READING
- Sight words (the most common words in English)
- CVCe words (make, cute, like, etc.)
- Vowel team words (play, deer, boat, etc.)
- Digraphs (sh-, th-, ch-, wr-, qu-, etc.)
- Blends (cl-, fr-, sm-, etc.)
- Reading Comprehension