Friday, May 17, 2013
Organizing letter tiles for word work!
If you are like me you have probably had a bucket full of letter tiles for the kids to sort through during word work. Well, I am done with my disorganized bucket and have figured out a system to help. Once again I have hit the Target dollar spot and found exactly what I needed. I would think you could also pick up these items at a Dollar Store or Walmart. I purchased 2 coupon files with 13 pockets each (yeah!nobody has to share a pocket!). I purposly chose 2 different colors so that it would be easier to put letters back after use. I labeled the front and back of both coupon files and each tab inside with one letter. I also purchased two sets of hamburger holders in the Target Dollar Spot, these came in groups of 3, so 6 for $2.00. I used one of each color that matches the colors of the coupon files for "lost letters." The students that are not as capable of placing the letters back into the correct pocket can place the letter tiles in the lost letter bucket and the teacher or a reliable student can put hte letter tiles away each day. When I got home I printed out my letters onto cardstock in the same 2 colors, this makes it easier for the children to organize their thoughts and concentrate on the word work and not sorting through a bucket of letters. I will now place these in a word work drawer with my differentiated spelling unit mats as a choice for this weeks word work stations. I think these will be pretty popular so I may need to make a few more sets, and now what to do with the 4 leftover hamburger holders, hmmmm? Any ideas out there?