Word Study - George Mason University

Word Study - George Mason University

Word Study Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Learning at Home What Is Word Study? Definition Active exploration of words that leads to spelling and meaning knowledge Includes children learning at their stage of development

Is based on 30 years of research conducted through UVA What Is Word Study? Some Guiding Principles Look for what students use but confuse Use words students can read Work for automaticity

Sort by sight and sound in early stages Sort by sight/sound and meaning in later stages What Is Word Study? Assessment Fall DSA determines a stage Weekly/Biweekly class

assessments Using words not on the initial list or used in the initial sort Scoring features and/or correct words at earlier stages What Is Word Study? Stage Grade Range

Emergent Pre k to mid 1st Letter Name K-early 3rd Within Word 1st -mid 4th Pattern Syllables & 3rd-8th Affixes Derivational 5th-12th Relations Characterize d By.. Pre Literate Alphabet Patterns Meaning

Meaning What is Word Study? Features Studied in the Emergent Stage Concept of word Phonemic Awareness Letter Identification

Direction What Is Word Study? Features Studied in the Letter Name Stage Compare/contrast beginning and ending consonants Develop sight words Compare/contrast consonant blends and sh, th, ch Word families Short vowels mp, ng, nd, nt, nk What Is Word Study? Features Studied in the Within Word Pattern Stage (One Syllable Words) Common long vowel patterns (i.e. ay, a_e, ai; ee, ea, e; i_e, igh, y; o_e, oa, ow; u_e,

ew) Syllable patterns across vowels (VCe, CVVC (rain), CVCC (back)) Less common long vowel patterns (ea, old, ei, ind, ue, etc.) R-controlled vowels (ar, air, etc.) Complex consonant clusters (scr, thr, etc) Dipthongs and others (oi, ough, etc.) Begin to bring in meaning with homophones What Is Word Study? Features Studied in the Syllables and Affixes Stage (Mulisyllable Words)

Plural endings (doubling, e-drop, no change, y to i, irregular plurals) Open and closed syllables Vowel patterns in accented and unaccented syllables The j sound in the middle and ends of words (badger, major, village) The cher sound (culture) Simple prefixes and suffixes

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