Attended my first staff development session of the summer this morning. My district has decided to move completely to word study instead of weekly spelling lists. Yea! I love word study. My team has already been using most of the resources that are going to be required next year. One day will be making words from Pat Cunningham's books, one day will be word sorts and one day will be word wall work. We have a choice of lots of different activities for days 4 and 5.
I use a folder with baseball card pockets to store my letters for making words and bought a bunch of the pocket charts from the dollar spot at Target and cut them into pieces of 2 pocket rows each. (I serged the edges so the nylon wouldn't fray.) This system worked great for me. Next year I want to add a word study notebook. I'm thinking that the kids could use these notebooks during word study lessons, during guided reading and maybe even during word work in Daily 5.