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!

Meaning Routines

Meaning Routines

The minicharts included in this chapter reflect routines that help students develop rich, comprehensive understanding of words—not only that, but they have been teacher tested and student approved. These minicharts provide a needed reminder of diverse practices that are playful as well as promote discovery and, quite often, enhance meaningful collaboration. Which will you first teach to the learners you work alongside?

Why Is Meaning Work Important?

Consider this: It is futile to learn to spell a word if you are unclear of what it means or how, where, or when to use it. Without a strong sense of meaning, students will not use the word in conversation, write with the word, understand when others use the word, or comprehend a text that ...

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