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!
Chapter Three: Resources to Lighten the Load
Resources to Lighten the Load
Instruction is successful when it is responsive, purposeful, and keeps students front and center. The tools in this full-bodied chapter aspire to help you do this—with confidence and efficiency. There are a plethora of tools, templates, and resources ahead to help you feel prepared and ready to start up and step up high-impact word learning all year long.
- First, I provide tools to walk you through setting up a safe and comfortable learning space and creating word study cycle schedules.
- Next, I share a multitude of options for looking at both formal and informal assessment. These tools help streamline and simplify a process many feel is cumbersome and ineffective. There are also planning and feedback forms to ...