My kids last year absolutely LOVED word work! For my first year using Daily 5, I wanted to make word work easy, and simple to follow through with. The first thing I had to do was gather the materials that my students could choose from. Here are some pictures of the materials we used.
After I gathered the materials, I placed them in clear rubbermaid shoe boxes,labeled the boxes, and stored them on a shoe rack on my counter. The shoe boxes and 2 shoe racks also hold all of my classroom supplies (pencils, crayons, glue, markers, colored pencils) and math manipulatives.
Each week, I made a list of words for my kids to learn. I used my own spelling words (based on the phonics from Houghton Mifflin), the vocabulary words from Houghton Mifflin, and the High Frequency words from Houghton Mifflin. I would make 10-15 copies of this list and keep them in clear plastic protective sheets. I kept these words in a basket right next to all of my word work materials.
My students would make the words using ONE material of their choice. Once these words were made, then my students could make words that they already know, words from my word walls (or around my room), or words from their books.
While I felt like this was pretty effective, I still think there is more that I can incorporate into word work . I borrowed the book "Word Matters", by Fountas and Pinell from my reading coach at my school. I am hoping I can get some other ideas from this book in order to "spice up" my word work choices. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to suggest them!