Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Made It, Finally!

Yay! It's finally time for...
I am so glad I get to link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It! 

Tomorrow I'm rolling out Word Work... I've pushed it to the very last!  I use Words Their Way for spelling, so I am actually starting both tomorrow. I've been super stressed about starting Word Work this year.  In other years, I've been able to glue a spelling work "menu" into my kid's Word Study Journals.  This way, they can just do the written activities as homework or in class. When I started Daily 5 last year, I decided to have this be their Word Work.  Some liked it, but most found it boring after a while.  I really wanted to add some of the fun activities I kept seeing on Pinterest, but I didn't have the infrastructure set up in my room.

So all summer I've been ransacking Target and Dollar Tree to get my hands on Word Work activities.  I really lucked into some great values. Bananagrams (Espanol) and Scrabble (Espanol) were on sale at Target for $5 each!  Funny story, my 11 year old daughter saw the Bananagrams and grabbed them for me.  They stayed in the Target bag for a month until I was ready to put them in my room. I had told a friend of mine that she should go to Target and snag them too.  She told me that the only ones that were on sale were Spanish.  I looked in the bag, and sure enough, 3 sets of Bananagram en Espanol!  Oh well, I just need to take out the Spanish characters and the set works perfectly...

In order to have my kiddos know what to do for each activity, I've created these fun activity cards. I've made them in full size and in mini-card sizes.  You can snag them for free here...

I've also made a real world rounding activity using population data.  It was great for my kids.  I'd share it here, but I need to create a key first.  Does anyone else find that rounding is particularly difficult for kids to "get"?  I use "5 or more, let it soar.  4 or less, let it rest."  What do you use?


  1. Your word work cards are awesome! Thanks for the freebie.
    - Melissa
    Teacher Abroad

  2. Thanks for sharing. I just found your blog from Monday Made it. I'm a new follower!

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  3. Word Work is a favorite in my class...a couple favorites are letter stamps and this awesome Crayola notebook I found...Wild Notebook! It is a spiral that comes with a special pen that changes the color as you write. Kiddos love them! I found them on clearance at Target.

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

  4. Thanks for sharing! I used a few of these Word Work activities in my stations this week. We used Reading Rods for alphabet cubes. Our other option was red vowels, blue consonants (we switched them to match our Reading Rod alphabet cubes). My third graders loved it!!! I'm blogging about my week...Do you mind if I link back to this post?
    Mrs. Miller’s Monkey Business

    1. Thanks for asking, I'd love the link! I'm so glad that these worked for you!!!!