Hi friends! I hope you have been enjoying this 31 Days of Kindergarten series. 🙂 I have shared almost all of the stations that implement in my kindergarten classroom. Today I am sharing tips for Teaching Kindergartners to Use the ABC Word Work Station.
What is the ABC Word Work Station?
This station focuses on letters and words and requires the most differentiation and choices. The ABC Word Work Station is the one station that can be done anywhere. Most of the materials can be taken back to a student’s seat, or anywhere in the classroom. You could consider this station the ‘most portable’ station!
Items to Consider for this Station
- Magnetic Letters ( You can purchase them on Amazon, any teacher store, $1 store, and even the Target dollar spot!
- lowercase color-coded magnetic letters
- Metal cookie sheets – You can purchase these from Amazon, but I recommend going to any dollar store, just make sure that they are metal and magnetic letters will attach to them!
- Lacing Letters – I purchased mine from Amazon, but I am sure you can purchase them from any teacher store. These come in different sizes and upper and lower case. I chose to get these large ones and lower case, since my students need more practice with lower case letters and the size makes it easier to see and manipulate.
- Geoboards (I bought mine from Amazon, but I am sure you can buy them elsewhere…)
- Wikki-Stix with Alphabet Cards (from Amazon, direct website, or teacher store)
- Colored Sand from Amazon ( You could probably make your own, using salt.)I also use the cheap pencil boxes from WalMart to hold my colored sand/salt.
- Hole Punchers – I purchased some decent ones from Target.
I also recently heard about these ‘easier to use’ hole punchers. So I purchased these from Amazon. I will let you know how they work on Instagram!
- Clear Spoons (variety of abc/ word work activities)
- Dry erase boards & markers (I am purchasing these double-sided ones this year. I want my students to have a blank side, plus a lined side. This allows for differentiation of word writing and sentence writing. 🙂 )
- Chalkboard & chalk (I have seen small ones from Target)
- Alphabet Tiles from Amazon
- Tactile letter cards – (These ones are from Amazon.)
- Word Wall & Sight Word Cards
What to Teach Students About this Station
- How to sort letters
- How to form letters with various materials
- How to sort words
- How to use and store various supplies & tools
- How to clean up this station
What Students Do at This Station
- Practice tracing letter formations
- Create letters of the alphabet, using a variety of materials and tools
- Sort upper/lower case letters
- Make cvc or sight words with magnetic letters
- Lace cvc or sight words
- Letter punch cards – You can purchase these HERE in my TPT store
- Clip It Letter Cards & beginning sound clip it cards – You can purchase the alphabet/beginning sound clip it cards HERE. The beginning sound cards I purchased at the Target dollar spot.
- Make CVC or sight words with colored sand/salt
- GeoBoard letter match (picture source unknown)
- I Spy Sight Word Hunts – I have quite a few free ones that I share here on my blog…make sure you become an exclusive member, to receive your own free copies!
- Making Word Family with clear spoons – You can get your FREE download here.
- Various ABC Word Work activities (These are different activities that I have paid for, were given to me, or I found online for free. If it pertains to ABC’s or words, it most likely would go into this station.)
There are a limitless amount of ideas and activities that you can place into this station. It is easy to differentiate, but you must think wisely about it. I have another post about word work, if you are interested. Check out more Work Work ideas HERE.
If you are interested in implementing some of my word work ideas, I have compiled 3 separate ones into one bundle and discounted it. You can view and purchase it HERE.
Do you have more ABC Word Work Station ideas for kindergartners? Please leave your ideas in the comments or any of my social media channels!
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