I think Word Work is ONE thing we ALL teach ALL the time. I feel like this is the easiest, most prepared of all the D5 to teach. I know some K teachers do not teach this as a section of D5, but completely separate. I think it must be taught and practiced separately (as you are building stamina) at least.
Although I use a ton of methods, I am too visual to type a bunch of stuff. I will post the pictures I can show you with here.
.Word Work allows time for:
1. Examples of experimenting with words for learning and practicing a spelling pattern
I teach a word family a week. I use this time to practice that pattern.
Here is an example of some projects I created and used during the -ig family week.
2. Memorize high frequency words
(How often do you introduce new words? Do your students have their own lists of words that they can work on? How will you keep track of words that they already know)
Here are some of my ideas...
This is the colorful and seasonal one we did for Valentine's Day.
I took two packs of sight word magnet packs and mixed them up on a magnetic board.
I list sight words I want the class to find on the sheet (top corner) along with a class list. The students get to hunt for the sight words and match them to the list.
I also create a fun and easy sight word sort using a pocket chart and popsicle sticks. This is great for words which students get words mixed up.
3. Generalize spelling patterns
Once my team has our letter order, we make a word family list based on the letters they know.
In the past we did Saxon- L, O, G- and our first family was the -og family.
I always start with Letters and phonics patterns.
Other things to think about:
How will I store them?
I store all my files by letter, pattern (word family), and phonics lessons.
I use them on weekly basis Monday- Friday.
Where will students work?
I will assign them to a seat or table for word work, but they can practice at their seat for seat work to build stamina. I also plan to use locations for work with pocket chart work or such activities.
I also work hard to modify everything based on what they "get" and "don't get." I also create new games based on each groups likes, needs, and learning ways. Sometimes it is more games other times it is more writing- it is just for them.