A tremendous timesaver for teachers, this indispensable book contains more than 200 word, picture, and letter sorts, ready to photocopy and use in K-3 classrooms. Provided are engaging categorization activities that span the stages of emergent, letter name, and within word pattern spelling. Also featured are decoding activities, assessment materials, tips from other teachers, recommended links to children's literature, and strategies for working with diverse students, including English-language learners and struggling older readers.
See also Ganske's Word Journeys, Second Edition: Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction, which provides a comprehensive framework for assessing and building word knowledge, and Mindful of Words: Spelling and Vocabulary Explorations 4-8, which presents word study activities for the intermediate and middle grades.
About the Author
Kathy Ganske, PhD, is Professor of the Practice of Literacy and Director of Graduate Elementary Education at Vanderbilt University. She has been involved in using, refining, and teaching about word study practices for over 25 years. Her work is grounded in extensive teaching experience in elementary classrooms. Dr. Ganske's current research interests include discussion during small-group word study instruction and literacy teacher preparation. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Word Journeys, Word Sorts and More and Mindful of Words, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Setting the Stage
Part 2. Word Study for Emergent Learners
Part 3. Word Study for Letter Name Spellers
Part 4. Word Study for Within Word Pattern Spellers
Appendix A. Emergent Literacy Assessments
Appendix B. Oh No! Card Game
Appendix C. Make-It, Break-It Letter Cards
Appendix D. Working with Spanish-Speaking English-Language Learners
Appendix E. Templates and Other Materials
Classroom teachers, staff developers, teacher educators, students in elementary education and literacy education.
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