Word Study Homework

7/11/12:  Please note the change to homework activities for Day 2, Day 4 & Day 5

To help students get into a Word Study routine, we will try to keep the activities the same for homework each week.  The activity will be written on the homework log – the details below are to help you know what activity your child should be doing and how they should be doing it.

Special Note:  There are 3 Word Study Groups – Day 1 for your child could be a Monday, a Wednesday or a Thursday – depending on what group they are in.    Your child will know which day it is for their group and it will be written on their homework log.  Please see the schedule at the bottom of this page.  Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

(Day 1) Word Sort / Speed Sort
Sort the words into categories like we did in class.
Parents: You can ask your child to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way. Ask what the pattern is for the week. Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as they can. You may want to time them if they enjoy the challenge of beating their time. Record the sort in your red Word Study notebook.

(Day2) Blind Sort / Speed Sort
Lay a word down from each category as a header and then have someone else read the rest of the words aloud to you.  Point to the header where the word belongs. (Remember – you are only hearing the word).
Parents: Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing the word. Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error. No recording necessary but please sign the word study notebook to show that it was completed.

(Day 3) Creative Sentences
Choose five (5) words and write a creative sentence for each one.  Remember to underline the word in the sentence.  There must be more than five (5) words in each sentence. You must proofread for any errors. Write the sentences in your red Word Study Notebook on the Vocabulary Graphic Organizers.

(Day 4) Operations / Speed Sort
You must “operate” on all of your words tonight.  Add or subtract letters to make new words – try to create at least two new words for each of your words. (Do not move the letters around though).  Record the word and the results of it’s “operations” in your red Word Study notebook.
For example: if my word is operate – I can add an ‘s’ and have ‘operates‘; I can subtract ‘e’ and add ‘ion’ to get operation; I can add ‘co’ and get cooperate

I would write it in my Word Study Notebook like this:

+s = operates
-e +ion = operation
+co = cooperate

Record the type of sort and the time it took for the sort in the back of the Red WordStudy Notebook.

(Day 5) Word Study Sheet & Glue / PuzzleMaker (optional)
Glue your word study words onto a page in your Red Word Study Notebook (not on the activity sheet).
Complete the activity on the back of the sheet. – Trim the activity sheet to fit into your WordStudy Notebook – Glue it in.
If you have access to a printer, you might like to make your words into a Word Search Puzzle.  Use this link to access the PuzzleMaker (it is also on our sidebar under Learning Links)

(Day 6) No word study homework.
Dictated Sentences given during Word Study at school.

Here is a visual reminder of how our Word Study Notebooks should look in Room 207. All pages need to have a date and a heading. We are focusing on completing our word study work correctly and neatly!