"Cat in a Hat" is the first in a six-part Word Study Projects series.
The six word study projects were created as a pre-reading instructional tool to strengthen phonics and fluency skills and to build student confidence in preparation for reading strategies and comprehension. The word study projects are designed to teach basic word patterns, mostly using consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, and to allow students to use the words in simple sentences for fluency-building practice. A sequential scope and sequence has been established for the word study projects, scaffolding students’ learning as follows:
1. “Cat in a Hat” words focus on the sound of short /a/, heard in “cat” and “hat.”
2. “Rock in a Sock” words focus on the sound of short /o/, heard in “rock” and “sock.”
3. “Bug in a Rug” words focus on the sound of short /u/, heard in “bug” and “rug.”
4. “Fish in a Dish” words focus on the sound of short /i/, heard in “fish” and “dish.”
5. “Hen in a Pen” words focus on the sound of short /e/, heard in “hen” and “pen.”
6. “Look in a Book” words focus on high frequency words, such as “like” and “have.”
Consistent practice and review of the words and sentences is expected for mastery of fluency with each word study project, as parents are asked to sign and return their child’s words or sentences to school every day. Each word study project culminates with an award and prize and provides numerous educational activities throughout the study. The word study projects offer a fun and exciting way to encourage students to begin reading early!