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    Word Sorts: Word study activities that draw students’ attentions to the patterns in English orthography:

    • Picture sorts – grouping pictures with similar sound features

    • Word sorts – grouping word cards with similar sound/spelling features

    • Word hunts – hunting through text for words with the patterns being studied

    • Closed sorts – Teacher defines the spelling pattern/category to be sorted

    • Open sorts – The student creates categories with packs of known words

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      Word Study:

1. An active process in which students categorize words and pictures to learn about words (patterns and structures)

2. Studying synonyms, antonyms, multiple meaning words, prefixes, suffixes, roots (Greek , Latin, etc.), base words, homophones, homographs

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    Word Walls: A word wall is a systematically organized collection of words displayed in large letters on a

wall or other large display place in the classroom. The purpose of the word wall is to help children learn to spell high frequency words. The main word wall is large---8 feet wide and 6 feet tall. The words build on the wall by 5 new words each week throughout the school year. Words on the wall are written about 2 inches tall with a black marker on colored construction paper. They are cut out around the shape of the letters. The wall needs to be reachable for the students. They should be able to walk right up to the word wall, and they should be able to touch each word with a pointer. The key to a successful word wall is the word, "interactive." Students need to actively interact with the word wall. Interaction includes cheers and chants for the new words of the week, activities that expand the students' understanding of how words work and the use of the word wall during writing as a primary resource for spelling.

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