If you do not already know about Shari Sloane, be sure to hop over to her website NOW! Her ideas are just awesome and the best part is...she shares! :) Under her "Literacy Centers" tab, Shari describes her Gumball Machine Word Work Center. Click HERE for the PDF that she shares.
Mrs. I at Mrs. I's Class also uses this idea in her class. She revised the document so that it suites her class better. Click on the link to see what she shares.
I use this Literacy Center in my own classroom and it is defnitely a favorite. My kiddos love turning the knob and fetching the "gumballs" (marbles). They are supposed to read the word, say a sentence (to their partner) using the word, and then write the word. Sometimes they need to be reminded of the oral language part of the task.
I was lucky enough to already have a gumball machine laying around. (My parents bought it for me for Christmas when I was a kid and it was sitting in their basement.) But you can buy these at Target, Wal-Mart, or online. I use those flatter marbles that you can buy at Hobby Lobby or another craft store.
Other Notes: I put gel pens in this Literacy Center. Those gel pens really make this center a hit! And in case you're wondering, the plastic cones are a classroom management technique. If the students need me, they switch the cones, so red is on top. I purchased those at The Dollar Tree.