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ERIC Number: ED501480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 334
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5938-5822-3
Mindful of Words: Spelling and Vocabulary Explorations 4-8
Ganske, Kathy
Guilford Publications
This book provides tools to enhance upper-level spelling and vocabulary instruction, and features more than 120 reproducible sorting activities and games. It offers suggestions for helping students build mastery of vowel patterns, syllable structure, syllable stress, consonant and vowel alternations, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Also featured are "Did You Know?" sections with stories about specific words; tips from teachers at different grade levels; discussions of idioms; literature recommendations; and lists of vocabulary related to social studies, science, and math. Teachers can use this book on its own or in conjunction with "Word Journeys" (Kathy Ganske) for a comprehensive approach to assessing and building word knowledge. The book is divided into three parts. (1) Setting the Stage (Background; The Context: What is Word Study?; A Word about History; Teaching Considerations; and Teacher to Teacher: Tips from Teachers for Teachers); (2) Word Study for Syllable Juncture Spellers (Introducing Compound Words; Inflectional Endings; Patterns across Syllables: Other Syllable Juncture Doubling; Vowel Patterns in Stressed Syllables; Unstressed Syllables; Consonant Extensions; Prefixes and Suffixes; and Additional Sorts); and (3) Word Study for Derivational Constancy Spellers (Revisiting Prefixes and Suffixes; Consonant Alternations; Vowel Alternations; A Further Look at Suffixes and Prefixes; and Greek and Latin Word Elements.) The following are appended: (1) Homophone Rummy Answer Key: Sample Sentences; (2) Understanding Prefixes; (3) Applying Prefix Knowledge to Common Latin Roots; (4) Blank Word Card Template; (5) Sampling of 100+ Important Math Words; (6) Sampling of 100+ Important Science Words; (7) Sampling of 100+ Important Social Studies Words; and (8) Performance Records.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A