When I was planning word work for my kiddos, I was struggling to find things that were upper elementary. I wanted students to practice their vocabulary words while thinking and analyzing each word. My other goal was to have my students completely independent. I have learned that to create completely independent children in daily 5 you need to have it overly organized and teach them well.
My organization of daily 5 comes in the form of my favorite 10 drawer orginizer. Each drawer has a different option in them for the kids. Every week I provide 3 spelling options and 3 vocabulary options in word work. The writing options are also provided in my 10 drawer cart. (yes one is falling off) #teacherlife These cart labels come from Miss West’s Best!
The students are trained to grab a drawer out of the cart and begin working. For spelling, I truly just provide blocks, stamps, etc. to help them practice their words. They know they can only do spelling once a week because I want them to focus more on vocabulary.
For vocabulary, I put out a card that gives them instructions and, if needed, a recording sheet. Students have to read the directions and work with a partner or alone to practice their words.
Students work on many different things that require higher level thinking. The different ideas they work on include:
By working on these activities they gain a more deep understanding of the word and they are independent.