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Words Their Way Spelling Centers

Today was our first day back from winter break due to EXTREME cold the past couple days!  Luckily, we fell right back into our routines...YES!
I wanted to share our Words Their Way centers!  We have an awkward 20 minutes at the end of the day and I implemented this to get extra practice with our words!  I am new to this program this year, so I have been trying a lot of different things and this seems to have worked the best!
Please ignore this awful picture.  I tried taking it quick during our center time!  
I have four groups.  Each group is given their own set of words at their level which they will be tested on the following week.  I color code each group and print the words on matching paper.  
We do one center a day and on Friday we have "Free Choice Friday" and they can pick any center.  
I had to do this because I have 4 iPads and two groups have more than 4 kiddos.  Luckily, some sweet boys said they will wait and do their iPads on Friday.
In the "Partner Center", the kiddos work with a partner...duh!  Here they are doing spelling bees by asking their partner to spell a word from their notebooks.  Another fun activity is word search.  I give each kiddo a blank word search grid and they fill it in and give it to a partner.

The "Build It Center" has kiddos forming their words with different materials.  Material examples: stamps, play-doh, clothespin letters, or letter tiles.

"iPad center" is a favorite!  I downloaded Writing Wizard one day when they were offering it for free.  Best thing I could of done...I didn't even have iPad's for our classroom at the time.  This week we are just using the letter portion of the app.  Each kiddo picks a word and finds the letter and practices writing each individual letter.  This app is great because I can also go in and add each word list!  Two great activities in one app!

The final center is "Work with the Teacher".  I bet you can guess what we do in that center...  We start by doing our spelling test with our words from the previous week, get new lists, cut, sort, and glue them into our notebooks!
This has really helped my kiddos with their spelling AND reading!  These centers can be adjusted to any spelling program you use too!

Do you use Words their Way?  Do you have any other fun activities to do with the word sorts?


  1. We (obvs) use Word Their Way, too! Our sorts are done over the week and don't look half as cool as yours!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

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    1. This one:http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Words-Their-Way-Word-Sorts-for-Letter-Name-Alphabetic-Spellers/9780135145807.page

      And this one:http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Words-Their-Way-Word-Sorts-for-Within-Word-Pattern-Spellers/9780135148433.page

      I had to look it up because I refer to it as red and yellow book haha!

  3. Hi Kimberly Ann! I found you through Fifth in the Middle's State Blog Linky! I live in Minneapolis and teach in Maplewood! I am trying to stop and visit all the MN bloggers! We use WTW also (I teach 3rd grade). We only have 15 min. each day and it is REALLY hard to make that time productive. I am not liking how we do it - we are in the process of trying to think of some solutions. We actually divide our entire grade level (3 sections) into 3 groups, based on the inventory. Then each of us takes a group to work with for the year. By grouping that way, it does alleviate the stress of having to plan and work with 3 groups, but I still don't feel like it is effective. Do you use Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop?

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees