Purpose for Word Study

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  1. cutNglue

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    The reading specialists came today to discuss our center rotations for the morning literacy block. They want 3 adults running guided reading (1 shared reading) and I am to run two additional centers. One must be "independent." The other must be "semi-independent" so I can watch and help 2 centers.

    Traditionally I have always done word study. They suggested I make that my "independent" center this time. Instead of doing games and activities they want me to do self-guided activities. I asked for some examples:

    Pyramid words
    Write your word 3 times
    Rainbow spelling
    ABC order (2nd grade)

    This does not reflect my true purpose for word study. Before I go into my passionate dialogue about what I think word study is about, I wanted to know what you guys do for word study and what your purpose is.

    In the end, I want to be flexible. I just don't want to cheat the students. So...throw it at me! :thanks:
     
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    Could students do making words and word sorts instead? Is that more the type of activity you are thinking of?
     
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    I just did word sorts this week. It's a new activity for me. I like it. Yes, that's what I'm thinking about.
     
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    I love having word sorts! That is one of my base centers.
     
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    How do you do it? Our words are 10 random words chosen based on the need to learn to write them. They don't have commonalities. Today's sort was incorrect/correct spelling. It took my student 30 sec to complete the task. I need something more challenging within the framework of the words I'm given.
     
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    Have you tried using Word Ladders by Tim Risinski published by Scholastic? This helps students see the relationships between words by changing one or more letters. I use them in my fifth grade class and my students love them. They help with spelling along with vocabulary.
     
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    I am so surprised that your reading specialists would suggest ABC order & writing words 5 times over activities that would be considered more effective in studying words. Don't they know about what the research says? I would show them some research on word sorts or Donald Bear's book & I'm sure they will get it.
     
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    I'll have to look up Donald Bear's book. I've never heard of it.

    I'm not sure all my students can do word ladders but I would LOVE to do it for the enrichment kids.

    I think the bottom line is I believe word study center is about learning how to USE the word and not as much on how to spell it. We do drill it and practice it at home so they can learn to spell it. The ultimate goal, however, is to be able to use it in their writing effectively and accurately. I guess I'm trying to say that spelling is important but it isn't the only part of word study. I feel like the activities they want me to do says that spelling is the only goal for the center. You may be able to spell it on Friday but if you don't know what it says or how to use it, it becomes irrelevant. Keep in mind this is a second language.
     
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    my kids love word ladders!! that is a good word study activity, I also like making words activities - we do that every week
     
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    What making words activities do you do with your second graders? Mine love word sorts, and I'm introducing word ladders this week.
    I do a word building activity where the kids cut letter tiles from the top of the page, write the words they made, and then draw a picture of one of their words.
    I'd love to add more word building activities to my repertoire!
    Thanks!!
     
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    How much time do you give. I have 15 minutes to do 10 words. On Monday they don't even know how to read them yet. On Friday there is no word study. We take a test instead.
     
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    Thanks czacza.:)
    What resource do you all use for word ladders? I've seen several books that have word ladder activities but some were way to hard for 2nd grade.
     
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    I have seen Word Ladders and Word Benders (Scholastic?), and they have them available for different grade levels. My students love both of these activities.
     

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