I love Read to Self.
I love Read to Someone (most of the time).
I love Work on Writing (we write about what we read).
I do not love Word Work.
When I taught first grade, I loved word work. The stations worked well for their short attention spans, gave a break to their stamina building. I also hadn't read The Book Whisperer and renewed my passion to have kids read read read! 2nd and 3rd graders are choosing word work because writing words with marker is fun and playing with magnet letters is fun. Apparently some of them have yet to figure out that reading is more fun! So I make word work boring. I don't want them to choose word work. I want them to chose to read. Right now, our word work is based on vocabulary. Each week we have six words. Students define the word, draw a picture of the word, and use the word in a sentence. It is the same routine from week to week (which means I don't have to spend hours putting together word work activities)
During the summer a Daily 5 Book Study was going on. Check out Best Practices 4 Teaching and Fabulously First who were hosts for the word work portion of the book. It's a blog hop too...so lots of other bloggers added their thoughts.
If you are doing Daily 5 and incorporating Word Work, what are you doing?