I need advice and ideas on how to help an excellent reader improve her spelling ability. This child's DRA scores put her reading ability at the end of third grade, yet she can't spell even basic words correctly. Any ideas on how she can be helped?
I really like the word study program "Words Their Way." It's designed to meet the kids where they're currently at to help them learn the patterns instead of expecting them to memorize the spellings of words that are way beyond them. Also, using a word wall is good for spelling, as is the activity "making words." Pat Cunningham's book "Phonics They Use" is a great resource for helping all the spellers, readers, and writers in your classroom. This website also has some good stuff that you could use immediately: http://teachers.santee.k12.ca.us/carl/word_way.htm.
We just had a county wide inservice day for all of the teachers in our county (our schools are not county based, but community based) and I took a session about phonics.
A struggling school began using word building on a daily basis, and their test scores soared. Look up Isabelle Beck for more info. We were told that using word families (word making) is not helpful.
I used word building with my students this week with Lemonade for Sale (ue, ew, and oo words). They have done an INCREDIBLE job in just 3 days. I am completely blown away with how well it is working and how well they are reading and spelling these words!
Please help me understand the difference between word building and word making. I did a google search for Isabelle Beck, but the only information I got that specifically pertained to her was an Amazon.com book about vocabulary building. I'd really like to understand just a bit better so I can try this to help my kids. Thank you for taking the time to clue me in. Kate
What we were told from the struggling school's administrator's is that recent reading research has shown that just using word families doesn't help the students become better readers b/c they are only learning a pattern, and when it is taken out of context they can't apply the pattern.
With word building, you focus on a smaller part of a word, for example oo vowels. Visit that website, it explains the whole process!