I’ve always loved words. My sister and I played word games on long car rides, my favourite computer game was Spelling Blizzard, and I was always up for a round of Snatch-it (best game ever for kids who like words and who are competitive). I even asked my parents to sign me up for the regional spelling bee when I was in grade 1.
I don’t remember much about what word work and spelling looked like when I was a student, as much of my spelling instruction happened at home. However, it’s something that I’ve been thinking of more and more. Proper spelling and a good understanding of parts of words helps us to make sense of what unfamiliar words may mean. Plus it’s important in polished writing. Reflecting on my own classroom, we haven’t spent much time on word work. That’s something I’d like to change.
Yesterday, I introduced the term “morphology” to my students, and we did a bit of work around a word we encountered in our read aloud. I’m just starting on this journey, but I’m excited to see where this will go and what connections my students will start to make in their reading and writing going forward.
Do you have a word study routine in your classroom? What does it look like?