Word work incorporates phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. The ultimate goal of word work is for students to develop knowledge of spelling and also increase their specific knowledge of words. There are a lot of different ways to implement word work in our virtual lesson plans like games and vocabulary work. Another common method for word work is having students sort words. Explore below to see some of the actives we have uncovered that work well in the virtual world of word work.
Digital Word Builder
Being able to identify those tricky letter patterns is an immensely tall task. Often, we ask you to work with your student to identify "chunks" they recognize. Then try to put it all together before you intervene. Using this digital word builder can be a great and effective tool when exploring these chunks with your student.
Word hunts are fun ways to get your student up and moving. To complete a "Word Hunt", you'll begin by introducing a rule (e.g. words with a Long -o), then your student will have to hunt for an object in their house that exemplifies that rule (e.g. a spoon). After they have found that object, ask them to write it out and discuss why it exemplifies the rule you have identified. Extension: Complete this activity by using multiple "rules" that are closely related or contrasting.
Word sorts are a common activity we utilize to introduce a unique set of words to your student. Each group of words has a specific "rule" that governs how they're sorted (e.g. Long -a and Short -a). What's really useful about word sorts is they allow your student to to begin sorting the words in a way that makes sense to them, before the rule is described. This allows you to identify how they are recognizing these words and where your support will be most needed. Discover how to do a word sort virtually by clicking on the following links: here and here.
Mad Libs aren't just ridiculously funny, they're an effective means of discussing figures of speech and numerous word "rules" you might be working on with your student. Use this Mad Lib generator to complete some work work with you student. And, be sure to get silly along the way!
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