Quick! Quick! Fast as you can! Wednesday Word Study means Speed Sorting in Grade 1AC! Every week we get faster and faster at putting our words into their categories and explaining our thinking. Click on the video to see what this activity looks like in our class.
B and D can be pretty tricky letters in reading and writing. We sometimes get them confused and this week the the blue word study group has a real challenge. Their sort contains words that end with 'ad', 'ed', 'ab' and 'ob'.
As you're reading, sorting, and spelling your words this week try this trick from Jakob to remember the difference between 'b' and 'd'.
Tuesday's spelling homework is a blind sort. In a blind sort, children with work their peers or parents to sort their words by sounds. In this way, they are challenged to rely on their phonetic knowledge of the word, rather than their visual memory of it.
A blind sort works like this:
Please see the Spelling Homework Schedule for more information.
Writing words as a study technique for spelling is well established. Writing sorts are different than the traditional copying of spelling words however because they require students to write words into categories. By writing their word list into categories, students attend to the sounds or patterns of letters and think about how those words connect with their key words or headers. (The key words or headers are the word cards glued at the beginning of the week.)
What does a writing sort look like at SCHOOL (Wednesday in-class activity)?
What does a writing sort look like at HOME (Thursday homework activity)?
Students do not automatically see the relationship between spelling words and reading words. Word hunts help them make this important connection. In word hunts, students hunt through their reading and writing for words that are additional examples of their spelling sound(s) or pattern(s) of the week. (from: Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction)
What does a word hunt look like at SCHOOL (Thursday in-class activity)?
What does a word hunt look like at HOME (Wednesday homework activity)?
Today is the first day of our new Words Their Way spelling programme...including homework!
In class, children were introduced to the concept of a sort and completed a basic word sort as a whole class. They received their individual word lists and practiced them during mini-lessons and individual work time. Each child sorted their words at least once independently and had their work checked by a teacher.
For homework tonight, we ask that parents support their children in re-sorting their words. Once the sort is complete, ask your child why they sorted the words in this way and what it tells them about spelling patterns. (Please see the homework section of our blog for more information, including the homework schedule.)
Have fun and please don't forget that the word cards must be placed back in the transparent zip bag in the envelope at the back of the Activity book.
To support your work at home, I have posted photos of what a completed sort looks like for each group.