My class took a short break from Daily 5, a couple of weeks tops. We just had to with all of the county required assessments, holidays, etc. My kiddos started asking – “when are we doing stamina stations?” I have NEVER called it that so I was quite impressed w/ them! Needless to say, when children are BEGGING to read and write in stations - I deliver! I pulled the bags back out & let go of the reins a little. I LOVE that they LOVE it! They have grown as self managers and it's really working!
We have added working with words and my kids are TRULY engaged. My school uses Word Journeys (Differentiated spelling/phonics) and it's perfect w/ the Daily 5.
I've created a menu for our Working with Words that I'm attaching. It does take a few times of doing it with your kids for them to really get it. Each one of my kiddos have a folder with the menu stapled inside the front cover. It's a requirement that they complete all four activities. They can choose to do one a day and then a word game when finished or they may complete them on the same day and have word games for the remainder of the week. Word Work Menu
I've also tinkered with our spelling contract so that it contains some of the same activities. I'm attaching that as well. Spelling Contract
If you haven't tried Word Journeys (or Words their Way) - research it and try it. It takes a little more work but it's also very impressive the way my babies are actually STUDYING words rather than memorizing.
This has been a big concern of mine. I come from a kindergarten background, it’s my first year in 2nd grade. Letters/Phonics/Words were our life! What do you do for word work in 2nd grade? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment.
Here is the WTW assessment that we do weekly. It takes more time & a little work but it's worth it. My kiddos are recognizing and understanding the spelling/phonics pattern rather than just memorizing.