Beginning sounds, rhyming and CVC segmenting and blending are key skills when learning how to read and write. But where do we grow from there? How can we keep a literacy center the same and yet build on those skills already mastered?
How can we keep a literacy center the same and yet build on those skills already mastered?
This was something I faced for the first time this year with making adjustments to the new Common Core Standards since creating my centers. Previously my word work literacy center was meeting my students’ needs. But we really condensed the amount of time we taught all of our reading skills into three quarters, and now I had an entire quarter left of school and a new set of standards that needed practice.
What to do?
My word work center is nicknamed the playdough center by the students. They L-O-V-E it! We use it to grow from forming letters, identifying them, and basic skills to… I had to come up with something!
So, ta-daah! I created an extension set of activities that I tried out on my kinders this spring and summer.
The new activities and sight words helped allow those ready for a challenge to get it, and those on target to make their skills super smooth!
We can now use what we know about sounds to change them, add them and create our own words by manipulating ending and medial sounds! I am happy that these include both real and nonsense words since we do utilize Dibels.
They work with manipulatives like magnetic letters and dry erase markers too.
And I’ve added 88 sight words to the mix! This covers all of the Pre-Primer Dolch words list and the first 100 Fry high frequency words when combined with the original Playdough Word Work Pack. I’ve also included number words 1-10.
Of course we’ve got to keep it all organized so it lives in the same location just with the new materials all set to go!
Is this something your class could use too? It’s designed to build on the original pack – so be sure to grab that first!
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