Homework Helper & Matching Flowcharts for Independence!

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This product contains two products in one! Words Their Way is an outstanding word study program that individualizes your instruction to meet the needs of all learners! This product contains flowcharts for every unit and every stage of Letter Name Alphabetic (red) book. We all have a wide range of learners and even if you teach 5th grade you could have an English Language Learner who is brand new to our country and this stage is probably where you would begin!
I have designed it so that it is very little prep for you. Once you have given theinventory and scored it, you will easily find where your students need to begin their word study. With this product, you can use the individualized flowcharts for each of your groups. The flowcharts easily let students know what to do each day that it is time for word study. The Letter Name Alphabetic stage contains sorts with pictures only, pictures and words and whole words only. Therefore having differentiated activities helps to alleviate what the kids need to do. Once you have taught the routines and met with groups to ensure their understanding of the sort, the program runs itself. The following is an explanation (also included in the product) of all the activities at each stage within the Letter Name Alphabetic:
For all the Flowcharts/stages:
• Zip-line-At the beginning of the week, students get their new sort. In order to cut down on the loss of the pieces in a sort and for students to easily recognize theirs, students in the same group each take a different color crayon. On the back of their sort they quickly draw 6-8 vertical lines and 6-8 horizontal lines with their crayon and then cut them out. Students will easily identify with the color lines on the back of their sort.
• Speed Sort and Blind Sort -Using a timer and a graph, students race against the clock to sort their sorts correctly, increasingly beating their previous time and graphing it on a personal graph; Blind Sort is done with a partner and using the headers from the sort, partner says the picture or word and the other partner points to the correct header and lays the card down. After all cards have been put down, the other partner checks to see if they are correct.
• Games-Kids love games and if you have not made games for Words Their Way, “Go Fish”, “Concentration” and even Hang Man can substitute for games and the kids never get tired of them! And because the students have zip-lined their words, there is no need to worry about mixing up the sorts.
Explanations of Activities for each Stage/Sort:
Letter Name-Alphabetic-Beginning Consonant Sorts 1-5
• Draw and Label-Students sort again at their seats or in a center and then extend the feature through drawing and labeling activities that ask students to think of other word that have the same beginning sound. Students are encouraged to write as much of the word as they can, using invented spelling to label their drawings. Teacher can assess these spellings to judge student progress in hearing and representing sounds.
• Cut and Paste-After sorting several times students can paste the picture sorts into categories and label them. Or children can look through magazines for pictures that begin with a particular sound. These pictures are cut out, pasted into categories or into an alphabet book and labeled.
• Word Hunts/Word Banks-Students can look through their reading materials and word banks that have the targeted consonant sound and record these. Alphabet books are a good place to look for additional words that begin with targeted sound.

Same Vowel Word Families
• Word Building/Blending and Extending-Complete explanation on pg. 14-15 of Letter name Alphabetic book
• Spelling-Partners hold up pictures one at a time and the other partner has to spell the word using letter cards, chalk boards, white boards or pencil and paper. Then student check their spelling.
• Word Hunts/Word Banks-Look for words in daily reading that mirrors the featured word families. Challenge students to find others that could go in the family or brainstorm additional words but understand that it may be difficult to find them.
Digraphs/Blend Sorts
• Draw/Label and Cut and Paste-Students can draw and label pictures of things that begin with the target sounds/letters. They can look for pictures of things and paste them into categories. Do not expect accurate spelling of the vowels at this stage.
• Word Hunts/Word Banks-Students can look through their guided reading books, picture dictionaries and word banks for words that have the targeted blend/digraph
• Word Building/Blending and Extending-Complete explanation on pg. 30-31 of Letter name Alphabetic book
Mixed Vowel Families
• Word Study Notebooks-Students can list the words from their sort, illustrate some of them, and use words in sentences. They can add words from word hunts and also complete building/blending and extending in their notebooks.
Picture Sorts for Short Vowels
• Draw/Label and Cut and Paste-Students can draw and label pictures of things that begin with the target sounds/letters. They can look for pictures of things and paste them into categories. Do not expect accurate spelling of the vowels at this stage.
• Word Hunts/Word Banks-Students can look through their guided reading books, picture dictionaries and word banks for words that have the short vowels.
• Word Building/Blending and Extending-Complete explanation on pg. 30-31 of Letter name Alphabetic book
Short Vowels in CVC Words and Introduction to R-Influenced Vowels
• Word Study Notebooks-Students can list the words from their sort, illustrate some of them, and use words in sentences. They can add words from word hunts and also complete building/blending and extending in their notebooks.
• Word Hunts/Word Banks-Students can look through their guided reading books, picture dictionaries and word banks for words that have the cvc pattern. Word Hunts can also extend student’s understanding when they include multi-syllabic words like mitten or tablet that have the short-vowel sounds.
• Word Building, Blending and Extending- Activities now isolate the vowel to explore CVC pattern in which there are three units to blend or spell.
The accompanying homework matches perfectly to what the students are doing in school. The program suggests that students need to interact with the sorts 6-8 times during the week to make an impact. If this is done with fidelity, your kids will make remarkable improvement in their spelling and writing.
**A note about the homework: Make sure you are giving the correct homework. Each sheet is labeled with which sorts get which homework. The activities are different depending on the sort each child has.
I hope you consider this product as I have seen the results ten-fold in my students!
Thanks for stopping by!
Lulu
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Homework Helper & Matching Flowcharts for Independence!
Homework Helper & Matching Flowcharts for Independence!
Homework Helper & Matching Flowcharts for Independence!
Homework Helper & Matching Flowcharts for Independence!
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