This product may be used as a desk aid for students during creative writing exercises. It may also be used as an instructional aid while teaching the rules for inflectional morphing. Using the analogy of the life cycle of a butterfly, students can relate to the morphing of a word.
The product provides two tools to illustrate the morphing rules. The first tool is an image of a handprint. The thumb is associated with the root word (teach). The index finger represents plural or action (teaches). The middle finger represents person/thing (teacher). The ring finger represents current or future time (teaching). The pinky or last finger represents the past (taught). The product provides both a left hand and right hand illustration. While writing with their preferred hand, the student could place the other hand on the image for guidance in morphing a word.
The second tool is a seven column matrix showing the rules based on the word’s ending. If the word ends in a vowel, the student uses one of four columns to determine which rules apply to the four inflectional endings. If the word ends in a consonant, the student uses one of three columns to determine which rule applies for the four inflection endings. Note that the type of ending (vowel/consonant) is mutually exclusive and quickly narrows down the rules that apply.
A third sheet is provided to allow the student to write the various morphed words. It is suggested that the tools be laminated or placed in page protectors to allow reuse with dry markers.