Welcome to Wonderful Word Work! With this series, you can teach spelling within the framework of the Word Work part of your Daily 5 or center time. Once children learn the activity formats, this is work they’ll be able to do independently. Simply introduce the activity for the day before beginning your rotations. If you wish, each set of words—with and without “suffixes” added—can be used in a weekly spelling test. Word sets are selected specifically to teach spelling rules, creating great spellers and writers!
Activity 1: Combining -atch, -etch, -itch, -otch, and -utch with a beginning sound to make a word.
Activity 2: Removing the suffix—this will help children pay attention to endings when they read.
Activity 3: Word Hunt: Tell students to think of other “-atch, -etch, -itch, -otch, and -utch” words. Choose one new word to illustrate.
Activity 4: The Shape of a Word
Activity 5: Composing Sentences