First things first... storage. I got my centers organized in this great storage rack that I inherited from another teacher who was purging her classroom! Score! :) It is perfect for these!
The actual centers that I've created can be used with any list of words you provide - that's the differentiation - and I'll get to that more at the end of this post. First, I'd like to share some of the activities that my students love using!
Alphabet StampsI grabbed these stamps at Michaels. They weren't cheap, but I did use a 40% off coupon! These days you can find them in many more stores, so keep your eyes open!
The students have been keen to use them. I understand why... I would have loved using these at school when I was a kid!
I inherited these with my new primary classroom. I have no idea where they came from, or where they can be purchased, but they are great!
Rainbow WordsA simple center to include, but this one really speaks to the artistic students in the class. My girls especially seem to love it! :)
BananagramsI knew this would be one of the most popular choices, and I was right! Typically, it is the first activity to leave the drawer!
Other Options Included:
These are some of the favorites that we are currently using, but my most recent resource update includes options for dry erase boards, Play Doh and Play Doh stamps, stencils, Wikki Stix, letter beads, letter tiles, keyboarding, and Boggle. You can see my Boggle board on display here:
All these centers PLUS the storage labels, activity sheets AND an editable package are available in my TpT store! Grab them here:
Back to the differentiation... I meet the needs of ALL of my students by providing them with differentiated word lists. Need word lists for use with YOUR word work centers? Look no further! I have you covered, in a BIG way!!
This 630+ page resource is easily assembled either by spelling pattern OR by student! These are a favorite in my classroom and are COMPLETELY EDITABLE!
Are YOU using The Daily 5 and CAFE in your classroom? What does your word work look like? I would love to hear about how it is going - leave me a message at the end of this post!
Check out more great word work ideas and resources on this Pinterest board:
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