So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
Weekly Words
I got this idea from Beth Newingham.  She can probably explain it better than I can, so go check out her Scholastic Blog!  I do a variation on Words Their Way (I lovee this program).  

I have four different spelling groups; Cupcakes, Crayons, Strawberries and Snowmen (and, yes, I let them choose their group names, can you tell?).  All of the groups are practicing the same pattern, but they receive different words based on ability level.  The Cupcake/Crayon groups receive the same words and the Strawberry/Snowmen groups receive the same words.  


I introduce the pattern on Monday and each group gets their 10 words for the week (starred on their word sheet).  
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
Throughout the week, all the students practice the pattern with all 30 words.  On Friday, each group is tested on their words (I give two tests at the same time) and they are all also tested on an extra 10 words that follow the pattern of the week. 
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
For students who really study and practice, it works really well!

Spelling Folders

The folders in are housed in the Word Study area of our classroom, since I have a mix of students from 2 homerooms.  They fit perfectly in these half-size file folder boxes from Wal-Mart.  This area also has our rotation chart and all the word study materials.
Each student has their own spelling folder that corresponds to their group name.  Each folder has a label (with their group icon) in the upper right hand corner.  This makes the folders easier to find.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
They keep their cut-up words in a labeled envelope in their folder.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
In their folders, the students have a spelling notebook.  In the notebook, they write down their 5 high frequency words for the week.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
The students get their high frequency words from the list in their folder.  Once they get a word correct on their test, they highlight it on their chart.  Each week they choose five words to study.  The students test each other on their high frequency words (since every student has different words).
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
On the right side of their folder, students keep their center worksheets for the week.  I check these when the students meet with me to make sure there are no misconceptions.  I send them home at the end of the week so that their folder is empty for the next set of words.  You can grab these sheets here.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
When the students come into spelling, they check to see which activities are available for their group that day.  I meet with 1-2 groups a day, while the others are at different centers.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.

Center Activities
The students write their words on the iPads and then "type" them on the keys.  Click here for the free template from Mrs. Gilchrist's Class.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
The students use magnetic letters to spell out their words on the whiteboard.  The letters and the whiteboard are from the Target Dollar Spot.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
The students use the chart to sign their words to their partner.  Their partner then needs to guess what word they spelled out.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
Rainbow words are a lot of fun!  Students write their spelling words in different colored markers or pencils. 
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
I also use these activity sheets in our small groups.  I put them in plastic pouches so that they can be re-used.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
Students write their words on the iPhone screen and then "type" their words out.  Click here for the free template from Traci Clausen.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.
Activity Storage
I try to be very neat and organized, especially if I want the students to be completely independent.
The iPads, iPods, Sign Language cards and Roll and Spell cards are kept in a pocket chart.  

The rocks, board games, stencils, and magnetic letters are kept in the small boxes.  Worksheets are in the drawers.  

Each box is labeled for easy student access.
So many ideas for word work in the elementary classroom!  Great activities, centers and organizational tips for spelling.

My students really love these activities and look forward to doing them throughout the week.  I've seen a huge success with them in the classroom as well.  
Creating a connection between home and school has such a huge impact on a student's education.  One way that I go about this is having students share with their families what we are learning in the classroom through a series of hand-written letters.
Friday Journals offer a way for students to share their learning with their families and practice their letter writing at the same time!
On Fridays, during Writer's Workshop, my students write in their Friday Journals.  We start by brainstorming what we learned and any other exciting events that happened in our classroom during that week.

The students then write a letter, detailing a few of the ideas that we brainstormed.  Most students choose to write to a parent, but I allow them to write to an adult (or older sibling) that they will see over the weekend.  In a few cases, I've had students write to a teacher or other staff member, if I know that there might not be a lot of support at home.

The students then bring their notebook home on Friday afternoon and I ask that the parents respond to their child's letter.  It's a great remedy for the question, "what did you do in school today?"  I also love seeing the interaction between the student and the parent.  I make sure to put a note to the parents at the beginning of the notebook so that they know what to expect.
Friday Journals offer a way for students to share their learning with their families and practice their letter writing at the same time!
At the beginning of the year, my second-graders start off writing just 3 sentences and asking a question.
Friday Journals offer a way for students to share their learning with their families and practice their letter writing at the same time!
We eventually move on to writing multiple paragraphs!  It's a wonderful way to see their writing grow and develop.
Friday Journals offer a way for students to share their learning with their families and practice their letter writing at the same time!

If the students bring their journal back on Monday with a parent response (or at least a signature), they receive a sticker for the cover of their journal.  By the end of the year, it has a nice decorative look and the parents have a special keepsake!
Friday Journals offer a way for students to share their learning with their families and practice their letter writing at the same time!
It is great practice writing letters and it is a great review of what we have learned together.  You can grab the letter template for free here.  I shared more info on Friday Journals in my Facebook Live video, which you can watch here.
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