Word Work Centers - GO!

UPDATE: These Word Work centers have been completely updated with new clip art & images, fonts, centers AND a completely editable PowerPoint file!

I FINALLY have the last part of The Daily 5 up and running! Most of my Word Work centers are ready for use!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
I got them organized in this great organizer that I grabbed last spring when another teacher was purging her new classroom! Score! :) It is perfect for these!

Alphabet Stamps


I grabbed these at Michaels. They weren't cheap, but I did use a 40% off coupon!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
The students have been keen to use them. I understand why... I would have loved using these at school when I was a kid!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!

Chunk Magnets

I inherited these with my new primary classroom.
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Did you notice the blur to the second photo? That's because this student was so animated with these that I couldn't catch him in a still position!!

Rainbow Words

A simple one to include, but this one really speaks to the artistic students in the class. My girls especially seem to love it! :)
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!

Bananagrams

I knew this would be one of the most popular choices, and I was right! So far, I think it is the first to leave the drawer!

Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!

I have three additional centers planned that I haven't formally introduced to my students. Alphabet magnets may be the first to hit the chopping block... do these seriously not get made anymore? I have been all over and can't find them anywhere (except school supply stores that want nearly $10 per set!). The white boards are pretty much good-to-go. I purchased a class set of these from Scholastic. They are the double-sided kind - good for the neon dry erase markers on the back side - but the first time the kids used them the black side became extremely scratched up. I'm glad that wasn't what I purchased them for! Finally, you may have already seen the Boggle board I have in my room:
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
I've added a recording sheet and some instructions, but otherwise this is how it looks! Some of the students have played this already, and they LOVE it!! It will be joining the list of choices next week.

And what are the rest of the students doing while a handful are involved in Word Work? I am amazed...
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!
Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!

















They are SO engaged in all parts of The Daily 5 program! They love it, but I love it more! I don't think I've ever felt so in-touch with how my students are developing their reading skills!

All these centers PLUS the storage labels and activity sheets are available in my TpT store! Grab them from TpT here:

Looking for engaging word work ideas for your classroom? The centers in this blog post are easy to set up and will work with ANY word list all year long!

Need word lists for use with your word work centers? Look no further! I have you covered, in a BIG way!!

Easily differentiate your word work with these word lists!

Easily differentiate your word work with these word lists!

Easily assembled either by spelling pattern OR by student! These are a favorite in my classroom!

Easily differentiate your word work with these word lists!

Easily differentiate your word work with these word lists!

Are YOU using The Daily 5 and CAFE in your classroom? I would love to hear about how it is going!

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15 comments

  1. Love your centers! I was curious... do your students independently remove and return these drawers..? Might seem like an odd question.. I am only wondering because I have the exact same drawer cart, and I am concerned to use it for center work because it can be difficult to put put the drawer back in once it is removed. Especially for my kindergarteners, maybe you have a bit older students..?

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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! So far, so good. The kids have been able to remove the drawers, take them to their chosen work area, and return them independently. A couple of students have had a little trouble putting those drawers back in, but they are quick to help each other out! :) I do teach 2nd and 3rd grades though, so they are a little older than your little ones.

      ~Erin

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    2. I let my 1st graders return the drawers. I teach them how to do it properly. I had a block of 15 minutes where I demonstrated how to do it. First, I did it the right way and wrong way. Then, I had a student show me the right and wrong way. Students provided feedback on how to improve. Then I took out all of my drawers and had each student put a box away. This taught my students how to be patient and help each other. I do this for my math centers.

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  2. When I go to Facebook, there are no products under Fan Freebies. Am I looking in the right place? I love your products by the way :)

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    1. Thank you SO much for pointing that out! My fangate host seems to have updated their platform since I posted the last freebie, and while I can see them in my set-up screen you're right - they are not appearing on my page. :( I am out of town, but hoping that I can have them up and running later today. If you're following my Facebook page I will post an update when they are working again!

      Thanks again!!
      ~Erin

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  3. I want to be in our class! Everything looks so FUN! Thanks for these great ideas!

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  4. Hey Erin! I have this exact cart and I need to put it too better use! Love your idea! Just curious if you have the labels available anywhere?

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    1. Hi Bridgett!

      Thanks for stopping by! I do have labels available! They are included in my word work centers package. You can grab them by clicking the Word Work Centers image at the bottom of the post.

      Enjoy!
      ~Erin

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  5. What are the drawer dimensions? Most of the drawer carts have shallow drawers?

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    1. Hi Tami!

      The cart is just like this one, available on Amazon: http://ow.ly/4mLp3R

      ~Erin

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  6. Love your centers! Any idea where to purchase word chunk magnets like you have? I haven't been able to find them online, but they look super cool!

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    1. Thanks, Liv! Unfortunately, I have no idea where they come from. I inherited them when I moved from Grade 5 to Grade 2/3 three years ago. Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Erin

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  7. Hi Erin! Do you use these centers for 2nd grade? I am starting 2nd grade this year from teaching 5th. I'm trying to find new grade appropriate centers for the 2nd graders.

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    1. Hi Amy!

      Thanks for stopping by! I sure do use these with 2nd grade students. I've taught 2/3 for the past three years and this is what I've been using, along with my differentiated word lists (bit.ly/WordLists)! :)

      Hope that helps!
      Erin

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