Interactive Strategies for Spelling and Word Work

A little out-of-the-box practice with some on-the-fly planning! All you need is a bunch of index cards! No printables needed!
I plan most of my introductory lessons with the identify, practice, apply approach in mind. This lets me easily see which stage my students may be stuck at based on what kind of activity they struggle with. That’s how I grouped the activities below and really thesestrategies can be used with any set of words in your word work center!

Make it cross-curricular and use these strategies with Science and Social Studies vocabulary or Math and see the level of understanding soar!

Invite Guest Readers for Read Across America

Each year schools, libraries and communities across the United States participate in Read Across America Day. This is an NEA (National Education Association) event to celebrate reading and to honor the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as- DR. SEUSS! March 2nd is reserved for this celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I especially …

Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

This is another simple, yet ADORABLE Valentine’s Day craft! I was able to do this with my 2nd grade students in under 30 minutes! I used scraps of scrap booking paper, but you could have easily used construction paper or colored copy paper too! The students first traced the googly eye onto the front. I …

Easy Monster Mailbox for Classroom Valentines

Every year I seem to find a new mailbox to contain all of those sweet Valentines my students will receive. This year’s couldn’t have been easier! Runner-Ups I have always loved the cereal box design, but then there’s always the up-to-the-elbow digging or the DUMP all over desks and suddenly it’s candy mania with students …