ABC Letter Find Unit
Each of these worksheets can be used for visual discrimination assessment, letter knowledge and following directions. I always do the first couple as a group and then once the class gets the hang of them I allow them to be done on thier own. I can then take a few minutes to work with those that need some extra practice on letters. In my word work center I have scrabble tiles that I have gathered from old games at garage sales etc. The class can use them to build the sample words on the worksheet, can be challenged to make other words that have the key letter and can record the words on a sheet of notebook paper.
For other word work centers I have unafix cubes with letters on each side for word building, letter tiles, blend tiles, a pocket chart with 5 sleeves that are just the right size for these tiles, predicatable readers and vocabulary cards. I make sure to include vocabulary cards for our weekly theme and sight words. This is a stand up center that sits on top of a small bookcase, you can see pictures of it on the reading groups page in the directory to the right.
I have a tray with notebook paper and pencils for the class to record their words. This has been especially good to help make brain connections with the words and to improve handwriting. Using manipulatives of just about any kind is my favorite way to get small children to make brain connections with the concept of my teaching. I often tell parents "I am not worried about the paper looking perfect, I am concerned with the understanding of the concept."
Wiki Sticks with letter mats, playdough letter and word mats, theme related words and writing sheets, theme related readers that include writing and activities all can be used for Word Work and can be implemented rather easily. When i need 15-20 minutes to owrk with Reading groups these Word Work centers help kep the others learning, then I rotate my class through read to self, writing, work and the reading group itself. The system is great and keeps my class working quietly and learning throughout the entire day.
Till next time,