Word Work has always been a favorite center in my classroom. While students are playing and experimenting with different word patterns and meanings, they’re increasing interest and knowledge of words as well as improving their reading and writing fluency. 

Once you get into the upper grades, the range of words that students work with becomes broader. I like to use activities in my word work center that allow students to practice their words while not requiring a ton of prep on my part. That’s why I adore these low-prep word work activities. Here is a list of five activities that my tiny humans love using at their word work center.

1.) Pyramid Spelling

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This has always been a hit with my tiny humans. They take a word, write the first letter in the first box, then move to the next line. On the next line, students write the first two letters of the word then move on to the third line. They repeat this until they’ve spelled the entire word.

2.) ABC Order

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ABC Order is a pretty basic activity but they love it! All they do is take the words from their list and put them in alphabetical order.

3.) What’s Your Word Worth

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What’s Your Word Worth is one of my favorite word work activities because it ties in a little extra math practice. Students use the chart to see what the value of each letter is then they write an equation to solve.

4.) Fancy Words

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This is another favorite with my tiny humans. They simply use their list of words and write each one in a separate box using their fanciest handwriting!

5.) Color Coded Spelling

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Another basic activity that my students love! I find that despite being in upper grades, my tiny humans frequently need to review consonants and vowels. Color Coded Spelling is perfect for consonant and vowel review because they write the consonants in a word with one color and the vowels in another.

If you want to start saving time with low-prep word work activities, I’ve got you covered! This resource includes the five activities that I talked about above along with four other activities that my students love! Click HERE to get the bundle!