Daily 5 Word Work Idea: Hidden Words

Why do we read? Ask any student in my classroom and you’ll hear the shout, “To become better readers!” My students know why we read each and every day- we have fun when we read, we learn when we read, and it makes us better readers. One of the ways Daily 5 supports us to become better readers is by “word work”- a component of our choice time where students get to work with letters and works. Playing and manipulating words and letters help students practice sounds, sight words, and reading! Here is another idea we do in our classroom for Daily 5 Word Work. It’s called “Hidden Words”. First, how I store it in my classroom:

Hidden Words storage box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love storing Word Work activities in these boxes! The boxes most things come in are so cute, but once they’ve been used a few times, they start to fall apart. I store all my Word Work ideas in clear, plastic boxes that are durable and easy to grab. Here is a look inside the box:

Under the lid

I always make sure to put everything into the box that the students will need to do the activity. (If they are going around the room to find paper, markers, crayons, pencils, etc. it would take way too long- not to mention distracting!) Inside this box are the worksheets- which can be found for FREE here: Hidden Words worksheets. Also in the box is white crayons and markers. Here’s how it works- the students use the white crayon to write a word wall word in the box. Then, they use a marker to color over the word. When you color over the word, it magically appears in the color! The example I made for my students show it:

The hidden words appear!

When I showed this to my class, their response was, “Ooooooooooo!” It’s totally engaging and everyone wanted this to be their choice for Daily 5. I love this choice because it’s great practice for them writing words and reading word wall words. They want to show their friends, which means meaningful discussions about their words and what the words say.

Students finding their hidden words

I made my worksheets double sided so that the fast workers had more words to do. In the free packet of these worksheets, you’ll find more ways to use these in your class. For example, students can write “hidden” compound words, “hidden” rhyming words, and “hidden” sentences.

Thanks for taking a look into our classroom and I hope it helps you and your students during Daily 5!

Hidden Words

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21 thoughts on “Daily 5 Word Work Idea: Hidden Words

  1. I linked to this post because Charity from the Organized Classroom Blog pinned it, I love it! I know first graders will think this is amazing, thanks!

  2. Thanks so much! I love this idea too and my first graders always have a great time doing this activity! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  3. Thanks for the idea and freebie! I’m always looking for ways to spice up word work for my first graders.

  4. I’m so glad you like it! I’m the same way- I love new things and ideas and this was a great fit for my kids!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing! I LOVE using Daily 5 in my room, too. This will be a GREAT word work activity! 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the great idea & freebie. I have an evaluation next week in math & was using a “magic reveal” hat on the active board as a hook. I am teaching 10 more/10 less. I can use your idea for students to write the new number in white & use markers to be their “magic reveal” tool. Thanks again!

  7. Thank you for sharing your talent…I’m always on the hunt for literacy center ideas & this will be a great one!

  8. I love this! Thank so much for sharing. I’m so excited to have my kindergarteners try this next week!

  9. y kids wrote with a white crayon, unfortunately what ever they used to make it visible is failing. They used colours, crayons, markers and paints, kindly help

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