By Shane Templeton.
One of THE authors of Words Their Way.
He was an excellent speaker. Here are some of the highlights of his talk:
1. How kids spell words tells us what they know about words and what they know about reading.
2. Look at what they are using, but confusing.
3. Three layers of vocabulary:
-Immersion in rich oral language, wide spread reading, and writing for a purpose.
-Explicitly teaching and talking about word structure
-Deep intense study of specific words: general academic vocabulary as well as content specific.
4. Activate a background knowledge of vocabulary.
I know that this is what we do, but it is just nice to be reaffirmed in our teaching actions.
Along the lines of word study, I wanted to share how it works in my classroom.
Each child gets their own word study notebook. It is just a simple composition notebook. On the back inside cover, I tape in an envelope:
The children sort and write their words every day. Here are a few examples:
On Friday for the assessment, the students not only have to spell the words correctly, they also have to write them under the correct feature heading.
One of the reasons that I love word study, is that it is differentiated for individual learners. Our reading series has a spelling component, but it did not meet the spelling needs of most of the students in my class. I had used Words Their Way when I taught third grade, but have been too worried about learning the first grade curriculum for the last two years. This is the first year that I have used it with my firsties. I was super nervous about it at first, but my guys have caught onto the idea of sorts and features very quickly!
Okay, enough rambling on about word study.
The last part of the post title says an award. I am so thankful to Amy over at The Resource(ful) Room for awarding me with her favorite follower award!
I don't know about you, but when I see that someone has left me a sweet, encouraging comment, it gives me confidence to continue to do what I know is best for my kiddos in my classroom.
There are a lot of kind friends out there in bloggy world that have given me all kinds of encouragement, and it is really hard to narrow it down to two, but here they are.
First, I would like to thank Barbara over at Grade ONEderful.
She always takes the time to leave a comment, no matter how crazy my ramblings!
My next favorite follower is Jessica over at Apples and Papers.
She is a first grade teacher, and it appears that we are kindred spirits in the organization movement! Her support has meant a LOT!
Thank you for making it to the end of this VERY long post! You guys are the best!