When thinking about the Daily Five, it's the Word Work component that requires the most "stuff" for my classroom! Word Work is a time for children to independently practice our focus words for the week, as well as review words that are already listed on our Word Wall or the many charts around the room (for things like compound words, nouns, contractions, etc.)
The materials we use for Work on Writing are:
*individual whiteboards and markers (with socks for erasing)
*magnetic words (practice making sentences, ABC order, sorting words)
These materials stay the same throughout the year, but the words being practiced change. This goes back to Gail and Joan's belief that by keeping the tools the same, children are focused on the work not on the novelty of the tools! Children may use any tool they would like; my "rule" is just that once they've chosen something, they do that the whole time.
I have tried Play-Doh during this time. Depending on the class, this can be very successful (especially for those tactile learners!) Children can mold the playdoh into letters to spell words. It can also be very messy and lead to play time, so lots of modeling is needed!
I didn't put alphabet stamps on my list, although they are in the picture and have been a choice. These particular stamps are very tiny, which leads to lots of fingers, hands, papers, and tables covered in ink! I'm trying to find sets that are a little bigger to help with this problem.
I love these containers from WalMart! They help keep everything together (neatly.) The tubs also fit nicely onto the cookie trays used as magnetic surfaces. I'm very fortunate to have shelves under my large whiteboard, which is the perfect place for storing Word Work and other materials.