Word Work



Word Work (Word Study)
Ultimately, the goal for our word study program is to help children become better spellers in their daily writing and to improve their vocabulary. Research has proven that spelling development improves when word lists are organized by patterns and strategies. Research also has proven that sorting words helps improve kids' long-term spelling ability. I want children to spell based on patterns instead of just memorizing words for a short period of time. During reading and writing, children have the opportunity to apply these strategies, especially when they decode words and determine the meaning of unknown words.

Throughout each week, kids will be asked to do two different types of sorts--closed sorts and open sorts. Every Monday and Tuesday, kids will be doing two sorts. One of these will be done at school, while the other will be done at home. 

Closed Sorts
During Closed Sorts, children will group words into specific spelling patterns that the teacher assigns. After sorting, children should write their words down in their Word Work notebook.

Open Sorts
During Open Sorts, kids get to choose how they want to categorize their words. Some common methods include: alphabetical order, spelling patterns, parts of speech, number of syllables, accented syllables, affixes (prefixes/suffixes), vowel sounds, and categories of related topics. After sorting, children should write their words down in their Word Work notebook.

Typical Weekly Word Work Homework Schedule
Monday -- Sort Week's Words into 1 Closed Sort and Write Them down in Word Work Notebook (Started at School)

Tuesday
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Sort Week's Words into 1 Closed Sort and Write Them down in Word Work Notebook (Started at School)

Wednesday -- Write 10 Sentences Using 10 Different Weekly Words Using Context Clues 

Thursday -- Review Day at School & Study for Friday's Test 

Friday -- Word Study Test (Spelling & Vocabulary)

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