All About My Word Work Stations! Easy, Simple, Fun!
Some of my Instagram friends were asking me how I run and set up my word work stations, so I thought I would do a blog post about it! I have done one before but it’s probably time for an updated version! 🙂
I have 6 word work bins in my classroom. This means that only 6 students can go to Word Work at a time during a Daily 5 round. All six word work bins contain the same materials. This makes it easy and fast for my students to “grab a bin and go” and immediately get to work within the room. It also eliminates any wasted time of students deciding which materials they are going to use.
I switch out the materials in our word work bins on Fridays. (Sometimes, if it’s something they are really into, I will keep it in the bins for 2 weeks.) Each bin contains the materials students will need to complete the word work activity and a list of words to practice. My word lists come from our Fundations Trick Word lists since this is the spelling/phonics program my district uses. Switching out the materials in my Word Work bins instead of putting ALL of my word work materials out at once eliminates:
1) Student boredom come January from having already explored all of the word work materials
2) Arguments over who is using which material and when – “I was here first…no I was!”
If you’ve ever taken one of my sessions for small group literacy, you know I am a big believer of organization! 🙂 I’m a firm believer that teachers who put extra time into organizing their classroom will reap lots of time-saving benefits throughout the year.
This is my word work cupboard. Each tub contains 6 baggies of the same materials inside of it- one baggie for each of my six student word work bins! (For example, the crayon tub has six baggies of crayons in it. The play dough tub has 6 containers of play dough inside of it.)
(Inside of this Colored Pencil tub are 6 baggies of colored pencils. I simply throw one baggie into each student word work bin below and I’m done!)
Having six sets of each material makes switching out the supplies in my word work bins FAST and simple. I simply lay out all of my word work bins and add new materials! Since the materials have already been organized and sorted into sets of 6, it takes me no more than 3-4 minutes tops to put new materials and a word list into the bins for the next week!
My Word Work Wheels are in the buckets above. My kids LOVE doing these for word work!
You can find my Word Work Wheels by clicking HERE.
Managing my Word Work bins in this way keeps Word Work exciting, fresh, and new! They can’t wait to see what will be in the bin next week! And guess what people?! I know what you are thinking: “Does she keep having to find new materials to put in the bins each week?”
I re-use and get creative! For example, one week we might use magnetic letters. The following week, I might use play-dough (You know…those weeks you’re feeling REALLY brave?!). The third week, I would have the kids stamp the magnetic letters INTO the play dough.
My kids think that is a BRAND NEW, AMAZING word work idea and that their teacher MUST be secretly related to all of the actors and actresses on the Disney Channel because how else could she be THAT COOL?!
Thanks for stopping by to check out how I organize and manage my word work materials! 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂