Word Study
What is Word Study? -A method of examining words--it is an active process in which students sort words of similar and contrasting features. Word Study is tailored to fit each individual student's developmental needs. What are the different developmental spelling stages? -Letter Name** - Matching alphabetic letter names to the speech sound within the words being spelled. -Within Word - Increased awareness of how words work, and in turn to more conventional spelling. -Syllable Juncture - Focus of this stage is on preserving the spelling pattern principles across syllable boundaries. -Derivational Constancy - Studying the meaning units among related words. **Most first graders fall into this stage.