Words Their Way Notebook How Do Your Students Use Word Study Notebooks? presentation started by John Altieri Willard Elementary School Ridgewood, New Jersey http://willardgreen.ning.comThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
Inquiry QuestionsGive students space to answer questions about their wordwork.- What did you learn about words this week?- How is this column different than that column?- What have you learned about words that you can use withother words in the future?- How are the words in this column all the same?- What do you notice about the syllables in these words?- Why is this word an oddball?
Word ExpertEach student is responsible for a word eachweek/day. Students find the components of a word. Theywill write the word at the top of their journal page. Guidethem to pick the word apart and get to know it really well.Questions to guide his work:How many vowels? Consonants? Syllables?What sound(s) does this word make?What other words do you see in this word?Move letters around. What if you added/removed letters?Use this information to make a Wordle, video, audio, etc.
Word Expert continuedExamples of students finding word components.
Word HuntStudents hunt for words using the generalization. Word hunting grounds include:- books- in a peers writing- library- room- anywhereFind as many words as you can!
Open Sort / Closed SortStudents can write sorts inany way they see the words Closed sortfitting together in columns. (glued/written): Follow the pattern for theSome possible ways to open week. Have students gluesort words: words into the word studynumber of vowels book.number of consonantsbeginning soundending soundmeaning
Illustrate a WordIllustrate a word graphically (not unlike graffiti).Draw a picture of what that word represents.-Can this word be a noun and a verb?Illustrate words on card size strips and use the illustratedcards to play games like word poker (2,3,4 of a kind ofsound) or Go Fish!
HeadbandsStudents use their word illustration cards they have madeor word cut outs to play a guessing game.One partner holds a word from their sort to theirforehead without looking at it. The partner gives themclues about the letters (or meaning) so that they canguess the word.Guess it right, put it in the finished pile. Cant solve itafter x number of guesses, place it in the pile to try again.
Shared StoriesIn a group (about 4-5 works well), students work togetherto create a story using their words.A student starts by picking a word from their list to createa sentence. Other students build off of that firstsentence, helping to create a story. Students take turnsadding to the story.One student acts as the recorder, or they pass thenotebook, taking turns recording their story. Require certain patterns be used to reinforce the sorts.
Balderdash! and other definition activitiesBalderdash: Students work to find and one real, and createother fake, definitions for difficult words. Students thenbring their work together, testing one another to discoverwhich definition is true and which are decoys.Dictionary EntriesStudents create a dictionary entry based on their favorite,most challenging or an assigned words that week. Theseentries can be photographed and displayed as a slideshow onthe computer, or shared through a photo sharing site. Thiscan come together as a class dictionary.
Keep Speed Sort TimesKeep a section to maintain speed sort times.Students are timed to see how quickly they can organizethe words in alignment with the generalization.
Beyond the NotebookAct out Words- a partner/class can guess the word the person is acting outRecord a sort- record a student discussing their sort on an audio or videorecording to share with teachers, students, parents.Fingerspell words using the American Sign Language alphabet!This offers a way to connect body movement and memory. Find acopy of the ASL alphabet here.Dictionary Race - have students race to find a particular word inthe dictionary.