Saturday, November 16, 2013

Calling All Word Detectives

     Our first marking period ended yesterday and we're knee deep in assessment. If you've been teaching for awhile like I have, you might remember the days when our report cards had objectives like, "Enjoys books" and "Colors with control." Ahh . . . the good old days . . .

     Now that we're one trimester in, all of the routines, procedures and expectations are solid and we can step things up a notch.  We just started a new Word Study plan (which I'm in LOVE with and will write about soon) and literacy stations are moving along really well. I've re-worked a couple of my stations this year to make them a little more engaging, and I'm pretty happy with the changes.

     One station that got a face lift was the Writing the Room Station. I've done this station for years, and the kids traditionally write words that they find in the classroom. I've always encouraged the kids to only write words that they can read, but especially in the beginning of the year, this can be a little tricky for some of the kids. So . . . out with Writing the Room and in with the Detective Station. Rather than finding words that naturally occur in the classroom, my little word detectives have to hunt for picture cards that I've hidden around the room.
CVC Freebie from Peace Love & Learning
     In the beginning of the year, I used cards with pictures and words on them, and the kids had to simply copy the words. (They especially like the Case of the Missing Friends when they had to find pictures of all of the kids in the class and copy their names.) Now, we're moving on to the kids finding picture cards without words and writing the sounds they hear. One of the great things about doing it this way is that it is self-differentiating.  Some kids are just writing the initial sound they hear in each word, some are writing more.  Right now, I have simple CVC picture cards and the kids are doing a great job.

     If you want to give your little detectives a chance to solve the case, you can grab the kit by clicking on the picture.  Enjoy!
CVC Freebie from Peace Love & Learning

9 comments:

  1. Wow, what a fun center! Thank you for sharing it....I can't wait to use it with my students! :)

    Melissa
    Jungle Learners

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  2. This sound like a fun and engaging activity that my kiddos will love, especially my kineasthetic learners!!! Thanks so much for the freebie.

    Take care
    Roxanne

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  3. What a great idea to just have the pictures. It will also be a good way for me to assess who has their vowels down. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! What a great idea.

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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  6. Always such great ideas and always so generous to share. Thank you! Alicia

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  7. THis is such a great idea! I love the idea of calling it "Word Detective", that will really get my kinders excited about spelling words! Thank you for sharing this for free!

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  8. Can't wait to try this out, thank you for sharing! :)

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