These word work activities provide students with a variety of ways to practice playing with words. You’ll notice that the activities reinforce many of the same skills in different ways. You can differentiate by selecting pages for students based on their learning styles. Some of these activities work best as an independent task either in class or at home, while some can be completed together in a small group setting, such as the word sorts or word riddles.
Who can use these Word Work Activities?
These are available as individual units with three weeks in a unit. There are a total of 10 units. These align with the spelling skills and words from the Benchmark Advance curriculum, but they can be used in any classroom or homeschool setting. You don’t need any additional curricula or programs to use these.
Which editions does this align with?
- CA Edition
- National Edition (copyright 2018-2020)
- 2021/2022 Edition
- Florida Edition
* Please note that you must use the file that matches your version. If you notice a discrepancy with your words, please also check your spelling word list found in your Spelling and Grammar Handbook/Workbook. Some editions have different words in the handbook than in the TRS.
See the Preview File for:
- A look at each week’s spelling skills/patterns and words
- Photos and descriptions of each activity
- You can test out Unit 1 Week 1
Included Activities for Each Week:
- Cursive Practice: Students practice their spelling words and their handwriting by tracing and writing them in cursive.
- Syllable Break-Up: Students practice dividing their spelling words into syllables, and then identify how many there are. Answer key included.
- Crossword Puzzle: Great for students who like puzzles or riddles with a good grasp of vocabulary. Students use clues like definitions, sentences, or rhyming words to complete the puzzle. Answer key included.
- Word Sort: In the first word sort, students are required to write words into different columns. The second word sort involves cutting out the words to sort them. Answer key included.
- Word Searches: One word search includes the spelling words. The second one requires students to create their own word search using the words. Both versions require students to attune to the individual letters that make up the words. However, the create-your-own word search will require students to find relationships with words (spelling overlaps) in order to place all the words on the interlocking grid. Answer key included.
- Crack the Code: This activity is best for students who already have strong letter correspondence skills. Each letter is represented by an image, and the students need to use the key to figure out each spelling word.
- Word Riddles: This one is my favorite! It is a way to incorporate phonemic awareness development (initial, vowel, and final sounds), review letter blends, and focus on syllabication. In some cases, prefixes, suffixes, and synonyms are incorporated, too. They can be tricky but if you do these with your students, you will be able to see where there are gaps in students’ word study & phonemic awareness skills. Answer key included.
- Highlight: A simple activity where students highlight the spelling pattern in the spelling words plus new words that follow the pattern.
- Sentences: Lastly, there’s a sentence writing page. This is the most traditional activity. Students apply the word in the context of sentences. Good for quick practice or a homework extension.
For additional word work practice, check out my Word Work Pamphlets!
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