The Choice Literacy K-6 Word Work Sampler brings together examples of teachers from across the country teaching word learning strategies from kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. Rather than presenting a one-size-fits-all program, the DVD features teachers using many different instruction techniques for conferring, strategy groups, guided writing, and whole-class lessons based on student needs.
The 94 minute video includes examples of:
- Word sorting activities in a 6th grade classroom;
- Individual conferences with young English language learners who are just starting to understand the links between letters, sounds, and words;
- Strategy groups in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms targeting high frequency sounds and words;
- Creative use of the walls for building word learning in the primary grades;
- Word work homework discussions with 5th graders;
- Teaching word choice as a revision strategy in a 4th grade classroom; and
- Using dictionaries as a tool to build connections between a principal and a 3rd grade class all year long.
The Word Work Sampler features excerpts from previously published Choice Literacy DVDs and as well as many new vignettes. Filmed over two years in 12 different classrooms from Maine to Oregon, these real-life teaching examples will inspire educators and provoke thoughtful discussions about the many possibilities for effective word study.
You can watch a brief preview of the start of the video below. Please be aware that the quality of web video is significantly lower than that of the published DVD kit:
Table of Contents
1. Introduction with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (“The Sisters”)
2. Routines Review (Kindergarten – Kent, Washington) Janet Scott and Daniel Wood review with students the routines for the word work station. After the lesson, they debrief with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.
3. Writing the Walls Lesson (Kindergarten – Kent, Washington) Janet Scott leads a minilesson on writing the walls as a strategy for independent word work.
4. Conferring with Leonela (Kindergarten – Portland, Oregon) Ruth Shagoury confers with Leonela (an English language learner) and gets a sense of her letter, sound, and word knowledge over two days.
5. Conferring with Cristian (Kindergarten – Portland, Oregon) Andie Cunningham confers with Cristian (an English language learner) during writing workshop as he grapples with the placement of beginning and ending letters in words.
6. Guided Writing Group (1st Grade – Dublin, Ohio) Katie DiCesare leads a small group lesson targeting practice with key words in a model sentence.
7. Long E Strategy Group (K-2 Multiage – Federal Way, Washington) Natalie Salstrom uses a chart compiled over time to guide a small-group discussion with 2nd graders on the long e sound. Joan Moser debriefs with her after the lesson.
8. Vocabulary Small Group (K-2 Multiage – Federal Way, Washington) Gail Boushey leads a lesson and practice activity on noticing interesting words in reading with a group of 1st and 2nd graders. After the lesson, she debriefs with Joan Moser.
9. Conferring with Mariah (1st Grade – Federal Way, Washington) Joan Moser teaches Mariah some strategies for using the walls to build vocabulary. After the conference, she debriefs with Gail Boushey.
10. Language Board (K-2 Multiage – Federal Way, Washington) Gail Boushey and Joan Moser explain how the language board is used all year long to build vocabulary and link read alouds to word learning.
11. Finding Words (3rd Grade – Dublin, Ohio) Principal Karen Szymusiak works with Pam Hahlen’s 3rd graders throughout the year to increase student use of personal dictionaries.
12. Social Studies Word Hunt (3-4 Multiage – Dublin, Ohio) Franki Sibberson connects nonfiction reading with building a social studies word wall.
13. Word Choice Lesson (4th Grade – Waterville, Maine) Literacy coach Jennifer Allen and new teacher Jessica Soucy teach a word choice revision strategy in writer’s workshop.
14. Word Study Homework (5th Grade – Dublin, Ohio) Karen Terlecky discusses learning from the previous night’s word study homework with her 5th grade students.
15. Word Sort (6th Grade – Kent, Washington) Pam Pogson takes her 6th graders through open and closed sort activities.
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