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A Parent's Guide to Word Study
Transcript of A Parent's Guide to Word Study
What is Word Study?
A developmental, problem-solving approach to spelling that is based on learning word patterns, and generalizations, rather than a list of unconnected words
This approach is inquiry based, using children's natural desire to compare what they already know, with new information, and see the simiilarities and differences that occur.
How Will Word Study Help My Child?
All words given to your child will be at their developmental level, which will allow them to be more successful.
Learning patterns helps students with reading, writing and spelling.
By learning a pattern students will be able to learn an infinite number of words.
What Happens in the Classroom?
Do I need to know a lot about phonics and word study to help my child?
Teachers give a test to determine your child's spelling level.
Students then work in small groups with the teacher based on their level.
Teachers choose a sort that compares something students know, with something that is new or that is being used/confused.
Types of Sorts & Classroom Activities
Closed Sort: Students are given categories and rules for sorting.
Open Sort: Students sort according to their own reasons.
Speed Sort: Students race the clock or each other to complete a sort.
Blind Sort: Adult says the word aloud and students identify the category based on how the word sounds.
Writing Sort: Adult says a word aloud, students write down the categories and words themselves. (SPELLING TEST)
Word Hunt: Using various reading materials students look for their sort words within the context of reading.
Ways Students Are Taught to Sort
Teacher models sort and reviews the categories, giving examples.
Students then look at pictures and words and sort them according to their categories/directions.
Teacher discusses with students unknown words/exceptions as they arise.
Students read their answers aloud and are guided by the teacher to correct their own mistakes.
Students are asked to think of new words the pattern may apply to.
How Can I Help My Child At Home?
No, you don't! You just need to spend time with them and help them practice!
The best thing you can do is help guide your child to the correct answer, and have them discuss why they are sorting the words a certain way. Draw their attention to a mistake, but don't fix it for them.
Read a variety of books/magazines that expose your child to new words to see if they are applying what they've learned in school.
Hunt for words on car trips, in stores, or in magazines, books and newspapers.
Ways to Answer Your Child When they Ask You How to Spell Something
What sounds do you hear?
What chunks/syllables do you hear?
Say it slowly.
Can you think of any other words that look like or rhyme with that word?
Write smaller words you can make with that word.
Brainstorm other words that follow the pattern but aren't in the sort.
Can you add or delete a letter to make a new word?
Can you change a letter to make a new word?
Can you change any words to plurals or past tense?
Can you make any compound using these words?
Create a flipbook.
Tic Tac Toe
Roll, Say, Keep
Wheel of Fortune
iPod/ iPad Apps
Build a Word
Word Family Phonics
Spelling Magic 1 & 2
"Words Their Way; Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction"
By, Donald R. Bear, Marcia Invernizzi,
Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston
Created By Angela Sanders, Title I