Each month I have my grade 1 friends work on a "morning job" book as they arrive and settle in and wait for announcements. It serves a number of purposes like giving them a focused task to begin the day to prevent craziness, reinforces different skills, makes me connect with each child to start every day because I check their work and "smiley face" their page before they read or partner read until everyone is done.
This month, my morning job is word families. I give them a word family and they fill in a few words that they can spell based on that day's family. For example if I wrote "If I can spell "at" then I can spell:" and I might see words like cat, bat, sat, chat, etc. This group of students has become very creative like adding "instruction" to the word family "in" (Instruction is a word on our wall and they copied it). They have added "Stella" to the "ell" family. I have seen many creative things but today's topped them all:
Today's word family was "ot"
and one of my grade 1 friends wrote out our grade one blogspOT address as one of the words in the "ot" family! I literally laughed out loud at his creativity. Every day is full of surprises and I loved today's hilarious one.