I've been working on some center and independent activities, and I'm excited to share this with you! When we practice new words in my class, we follow the 3x3 method. Here's how it works:
Air Trace the word with your index finger 3 times (pretend you are writing it in the sky). First say each letter out loud, then whisper, then silently.
Next, students will use glittery gel bags. They trace their word 3 times (first out loud, then whisper, then silent). It should look something like this:
Then, the students actually write out the word on paper or a dry erase board 3 times (out loud, whisper, then silent).
I used these the past 2 years to practice our tricky words, and my students love it! We usually learn and practice this as a group, but I am going to set it up as a center this year for students to use when they are finished with their work early.
I also made this little recording sheet to use:
I'm going to laminate it, and have the students use a dry erase marker so they can practice with a bunch of words. I will have a word list in the center for them.
If you are interested in using this in your room, click here for the free worksheet and directions to make the gel bags!
You can use the gel bags for basically anything! Even writing numbers and practicing number recognition.
Enjoy, and let me know how you will use these in your classroom! :)