Tonight I want to share with you how I run and manage my word work stations for Daily 5. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a few teachers at my school stop in my room to ask questions about implementing Daily 5 in their own classroom. One of the most common questions I’ve received has been: How do you organize everything for word work?
In my classroom, I have 6 word work bins. This means that only 6 students can choose “Word Work” at a time during a round.
Instead of having a separate basket or tub of each different word work material (play-dough, crayons, stamps, stencils, etc.) I choose one material to go into all 6 word work bins. Every 2-3 weeks, I change out the material in the bins so that students have a new way to practice their words.
This works for me because the only thing a child has to do is grab a bin, find a good-fit spot in the room, and start working. Changing out the materials every few weeks keeps the word work bins fresh and “new” all year long. My students are never bored with word work supplies because they are constantly being replaced with something fresh and fun. For example, next week I will place whiteboards and some fun dry-erase markers into each bin for students to practice their words. Throughout the year, I’ll change them to things such as stamps, stencils, pipe cleaners, etc.
This is what my current bins look like inside: