Since we are doing affixes and Greek & Latin roots during our whole group reading classes, I decided we needed to revise what we're doing in our small groups.
However, deciding what we need for word work isn't entirely up to me. I'm not in their brains and I wanted to make sure our 5-10 minutes of phonics/word work was well spent in our small groups.
So I asked both periods a series of questions and had them respond with what they wanted and needed:
By allowing them to have input, they feel more of a sense of ownership in our small groups.
It's not my classroom, it's our classroom.