240+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

Jun 7, 2017

For ages 3 to 7.

Do you spend countless hours hunting down “good fit” word work activities 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 – word work is 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 life changer, right?!

Wish. Granted.

Organized by skill, the Endless Word Work Bundle gives you hundreds of ready to print activities practicing everything from rhyming to digraphs, sight words and more.

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 classrooms. It’s so easy to differentiate for a huge variety of needs.

Grab your Endless Word Work Bundle in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Setting Up Reading Groups

Assessment

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

Introduction

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.

Motivating Practice

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.

Fun rhyming games for kids!

Break words into syllables.

Syllable Segmenting Clip Cards

Name individual sounds (also known as “phonemes”) in words.

102 Elkonin Boxes for building phonemic awareness!

Or work on identifying beginning sounds.

Beginning Sound Games! Lots of fun beginning sound activities and literacy centers.

With more advanced readers, we work on letter names and sounds.

20 Super Motivating Alphabet Games

If my next group of readers is working on CVC words, we tackle the most common word families in the bunch.

Mega Word Family Activity Pack. Motivating games plus no prep activity sheets. Love this pack!

And for students who were even further along in the reading process, we master sight words…

30 Editable Sight Word Games. Type your word list once and they automatically load into all 30 games. Such a huge time and money saver!!

Work on digraphs…

Tons of Fun Digraph Activities

That sneaky Magic E…

Motivating Magic E Activities

Blends…

Playful blends activities for kids! So many fun ways to learn the most common blends including CL-, FR- and ST-.

And more!

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 220 activities to pull out and play!!

Reading

Once my kids have had plenty of practice isolating the new skill, they grab their book box filled with “just right” books.

For my early readers, I’d pull out one of the level A books included in the Word Work Bundle.

My boys love these early reader books! They're all about things they love most - monsters, things that go, outer space...

For those advanced kiddos, they would read a book with CVC or vowel team words.

Everyone gets the practice they need!

Everything in One Spot

I love having things organized and ready to print and play so the Endless Word Work Bundle includes more than 240 activities organized by skill.

Children learn:

PRE-READING SKILLS

  • Motivating and confidence
  • Rhyming
  • Breaking words into syllables
  • Identifying and replace phonemes
  • Beginning and ending sounds
  • Print concepts
  • Name games

ALPHABET SKILLS

  • Letter names
  • Letter sounds
  • ABC order
  • Letter formation

BEGINNING READING 

  • 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

Your Collection Keeps on Growing

Plus, my favorite part of all is that you get instant access to EVERY reading activity set I ever create.

Every time I finish a new pack, I email it to you first! 

Grab Your Bundle

Ready to make your word work centers engaging and motivating for kids too?! Grab your Endless Word Work Bundle in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Purchase Here

3 Comments

  1. ingrid Schaer

    Everything that you do is so cool!!! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
  2. Betty Garland

    Love the many activities! They are exactly what students need. Sooo many different things to do. 🙂

    Reply
  3. farzi

    amazing educational stuff with eye catching illustration.

    Reply

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