First Pamela Koutrakos delivered a systematic approach to inquiry-based, student-centered, and joyful word study in her book Word Study That Sticks. Now, in The Word Study That Sticks Companion, Koutrakos offers tools and resources to help teachers put those structures, lessons, and routines into action. Loaded with teacher-facing resources such as planning and assessment tools, and student-facing tools such as reproducible minicharts, choice checklists, and self-assessments, The Word Study That Sticks Companion includes  • Ready-to-go materials that greatly minimize the time teachers spend preparing, creating, and revamping word study lessons  • More than 100 student-friendly, reproducible minicharts for student notebooks that summarize the routines in each area of word study and support robust word learning  • Twenty brand-new word study lessons to extend the learning throughout the year and across content areas Ideas for word study notebooks and choice charts that give students ownership of daily practice  • Suggestions for replicating many routines and tools in a digital format  • Customizable cycle schedules, checklists, look-fors, planning guides, record-keeping forms, and other tools that help teachers crystalize priorities, organize instruction, and adapt for all learners The routines and resources here can be used within any curriculum, as they transcend any one program, philosophy, or approach to word study. The Word Study That Sticks Companion enables consistent, authentic, and independent word study practice in K—6 classrooms. With these materials in hand, students can take charge of their learning, and teachers gain more time for differentiated instruction. Discover what’s possible when you ditch word study worksheets and workbooks once and for all!

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Routines

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Routines

Phonemic awareness and phonics are essential aspects of word study. The minicharts included in this chapter help students practice related strategies in meaningful and fun ways. Here you’ll find minicharts to help students explore and study sounds and letters in words. When the focus is on separating, blending, or manipulating sounds, students engage in practices that increase phonemic awareness. By simply adding visual cues (letters) to this work, many of the routines naturally transition to also building phonics power.

Why Is This Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Work Important?

In Essential Strategies for Word Study, Rasinski and Zutell (2010) remind us that word study includes not only the direct study but also the exploration of words. They ...

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