So if you are anything like me, then you are always looking for Kindergarten Word Work Ideas for the classroom. Today I am happy to share my favorite word work activity ideas that my students have loved. Each one will teach a word work or alphabet skill that Kindergartners need to learn while engaging them in a fun and purposeful way.
Word Work Station
Last year was the first year that I implemented the Sisters Daily 5 into my classroom and I fell in love with it. One of the components or stations/centers of Daily 5 is word work. While I love Daily 5, I realize that not everyone can or wants to use this structure, but this post is still for you! Word work can and should be used by all teachers! Essentially, word work in kindergarten is discovering and working with high frequency words, word patterns, word families, and vocabulary. These activity ideas that I am sharing today can be used in a variety of settings, whether it is during whole class, small group, partners or as an independent choice for students.
Before your students can use a Word Work Station, it must be set up and organized, right? Also, it is important to teach students about procedures and how to use the station. I have shared ALL my tips here. My favorite supplies and where I find them, how I set it up, what skills can be strengthened and a few ideas that you can implement.
Word Work Station Activity Ideas
This Sight Word Soup activity is a fun one. It is interactive and has an essence of pretend play added to it, too. Glass rocks are used as the ingredients in the soup and sight words are written on each one. Students can use soup spoons or ladles and scoop out their first sight word. There are multiple ways you can have students work with this activity plus you can even ask children to write the words on a paper.
This gem is a bundle of Hidden Sight Word activities for the entire year. This is a fun way to practice identifying, reading and writing sight/high frequency words? I use these YEAR LONG hidden sight word hunts in my ABC Word Work station and they are a favorite among the students! With 40 Different Sight Word Sheets, this is exactly what you need! PLUS, they are editable – so you can add whichever words you are working on at the time. You can even make specific ones for children who may need extra work.
These Lit Kits for Little Learners are a reasonable and inexpensive solution to having to have individual materials for each student. The kits are easy to assemble, can be stored efficiently and kept at school or taken home for blended, hybrid, or distance learning.
Alphabet Soup Bundle
I have a fun series of printables all about the Alphabet. You can get each activity individually, or you can choose the Alphabet Soup bundle, that contains most of these activities.
This includes a variety of fun, hands on activities that will help children with
letter recognition, letter formation, beginning sounds, and more!
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More Word Work Activities
Students LOVE games and practicing skills with hands-on activities! I started creating and using Jenga/Tumbling Tower games during my small guided reading groups. My students couldn’t wait to come and learn and practice with me! You can use regular Jenga, Mini-Jenga blocks or the Tumbling Tower blocks from the Dollar Tree. I bought several sets and started creating for skills my student could use purposeful practice with!
Little Learners will love these Alphabet Puzzles. I love hands-on number puzzles because they not only help with practicing letter ID and ordering the letters of the alphabet, but putting together puzzles helps with fine-motor development and problem solving. These puzzles come in full-color, so they can be laminated and repeatedly used. They also come in black/white, to be printed and copied for students to color, cut and glue to construction paper or included template.
Like the jumbo numbers that I shared before, these are the same font and size, just capital and lowercase alphabet letters. There are multiple uses for these alphabet cards!
A simple writing activity, help children with these missing letters. You can use all sorts of manipulatives to help them learn.