Word Study Schedule

Primary Weekly Word Study Schedule

(flexible based on teacher discretion and student need)

Day 1: Teacher Lesson/Closed Sort(at school)

  • Review feature of study and words
  • Cut words and sort based on guide words (underlined words)
  • Talk about why we sort the words by this feature
  • Write in our word study notebook
  • At home have your child sort their pictures and talk about what words they are studying this week

 

 Day 2 :  Draw and label

  • Have students write their guide words at the top of their new page in their word study notebook
  • Students brainstorm other words that start with the same sound
  • They illustrate the word in the box under the appropriate key letter and picture
  • They then label the picture with their best writing
  • Students are held accountable to spell the feature correctly (in this sort the M and R sounds) but are encouraged to use inventive spelling for the rest of the word.

 

 Day 3: Cut and Paste

  • Students hunt through old magazines and catalogs for pictures beginning with a certain sound
  • Then they cut out the pictures to past in the appropriate column (like above)
  • Then they label the pictures as indicated using inventive spelling for the remainder of the word
  • It’s okay if students only find a few words of each or none

 Day 4: Picture/Word Hunts

  • Have students sort their weekly pictures/words to check for understanding
  • Then have student hunt thorough book they are reading for words or pictures that follow their feature of the week
  • Students do not cut or paste from the book but rather copy the word or sketch the picture under the correct guide word
  • It’s okay if students only find a few words of each or none; especially if they are reading!

 

 Day 5: Glue Words in Notebook/Word Activities

  • Have students sort their weekly pictures/words to check for understanding
  • Then have your child glue their words according to the feature of study
  • Allow them to have fun with their words by doing various hands on activities with them
  • Ex: magnetic letters, bendaroos, playdough, alphabet beads, beans, bottlecaps, etc…

 

Assessments:

Kindergarten and 1st grade may utilize various types  of authentic spelling assessments that don’t usually take the form of your common spelling test.

Assessments can happen weekly, biweekly, or informally

The goal isn’t for students to memorize their weekly word study words

Teachers may add 1-2 words that follow the weekly feature of study to be certain students are mastering their feature of study

Teachers also may use writing journals, writing samples, nothing books, etc… as a means of assessment.

Word study should be between 10-15 minutes unless your child wants it to be longer and should be fun!