Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Word Study Questions and Word Family Charts

Hi everyone. I hope ya'll are having a great week. I had a pretty good day today at school. My kiddos were really well behaved even though they are getting excited. I say that because it's only 3 days before spring break and the weather is getting nicer and Easter is on Sunday!!!

I've had a few questions regarding my word study post from yesterday. So I'll try to answer them.

1. Homework: Do we do anything special for homework with the study words?
Our homework is a packet that we send home on Monday. Students have the whole week including the weekend to complete it. (I've been a mom of 4 kids and sometimes it's just really hard to get all the homework finished from Monday to Friday. You need the weekend to get caught up) Our packet consists of a writing sheet which includes the spelling words and sentences, a poem or song that usually goes with the word family, a math practice sheet or math game, and a reading chart. We ask the kids to reading 20 minutes each night.
 Here is a sample of the writing/spelling sheet.
Here is a sample of the poem/song. This is from the Scholastic Word Family Sing Along Flip Charts. We just typed them on a sheet with a picture for the kids to practice.


If you click on the picture it will link you to Amazon.com for more information.

I also send a Spelling Activity list home at the beginning of the year so my parents have lots of ideas and resources to practice the spelling words. Many of the activities we do in class also so the kids are familiar with them.
If you'd like a copy of this list click HERE to download.


2. Word Family Charts: Where can you get the word Family Charts and/or word wall?
You're in luck! I've been working on these charts all year long and they are FINALLY finished and on my shops!
I don't have a lot of wall space. So I made my charts 8 1/2 x 11 and after the week is over I put them in a binder that the kids can have access to during reading and writing.

3. Smart Board Activities: Where did I get them?
The dice activity is just from the Smart Notebook software  'Gallery' called "Dice- Keywords". You drag it into your Smart board page. Then click on the arrows and type in your words.
 This slide I made with the Word Family Charts from my TpT/Teacher Notebook packet. I just used the 'Snipping Tool' to take a picture and then I drag it onto the page.
This slide I made in the Smart Notebook software by typing the sentences in a text box. The words that fill in the blanks are locked in on the 'allow to move' mode. My kids just drag the right word onto the blank. 
I am still learning the Smart board and I would like to make and sale some of the things I do but I'm still exploring all the copyright laws and stuff. Hopefully, I'll be able to get my act together soon.

THANKS for all your wonderful comments and questions. Let me know if you have more and I'll try to answer them.



2 comments:

Mrs. Anderson said...

What an informative post!! Thanks for sharing all the freebies. I added your Word Family Poster Packet to my wishlist on TPT.
Connie Anderson:)
www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

Lauren Jones said...

What did you use for the cute handwriting/spelling words practice?! Love it!