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The Word Study That Sticks Companion
Classroom-Ready Tools for Teachers and Students, Grades K-6



July 2019 | 304 pages | Corwin

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! 

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
PART I: LAUNCHING CURIOUS, CREATIVE WORD STUDY
 
CHAPTER ONE: Building Vision for Word Learning
Teaching and Tools Make for a Purposeful Partnership

 
Multifaceted Word Study

 
Organizing Our Time: Creating a Cycle of Word Learning

 
Minichart Essentials

 
Getting Started: A Successful Launch for a Year of Word Learning

 
Building Repertoire: Active and Engaged Word Learning All Year

 
Checking In: Noticing Growth and Maintaining Progress

 
How to Navigate This Book

 
 
CHAPTER TWO: Visual Tour of a Word Study Notebook and Kindergarten Choice Chart
Word Study Notebooks

 
Balanced Use of Technology: Thinking Through the When and Why of Digital Notebooks

 
Kindergarten Choice Charts

 
 
CHAPTER THREE: Resources to Lighten the Load
Creating Inviting Learning Spaces

 
Setting Up Schedules That Encourage Independence

 
What Words Will We Use? Matching Students to Words

 
Using Assessment Information to Build Upon Class Strengths

 
Using Assessment Information to Build Upon Small-Group Strengths

 
Using Assessment Information to Build Upon Individual Strengths

 
Student Action Plan

 
Responsive Instruction and Feedback Support Success

 
Fostering Independence

 
Goal-Setting Templates (Primary)

 
Goal-Setting Templates (Upper-Elementary and Middle Grades)

 
Reflection Protocol Templates (Kindergarten)

 
Reflection Protocol Template (Primary)

 
Reflection Protocol Template (Upper-Elementary Grades)

 
 
PART II: TOOLS TO FOSTER ENGAGEMENT AND INDEPENDENCE
 
CHAPTER FOUR: Meaning Routines
Why Is Meaning Work Important?

 
How Does Meaning Work Fit a Range of Learners?

 
When Do Learners Engage in Meaning Work?

 
Primary-Grade Minicharts for Meaning Routines

 
Upper-Elementary Grade Minicharts for Meaning Routines

 
 
CHAPTER FIVE: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Routines
Why Is This Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Work Important?

 
How Does Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Work Fit a Range of Learners?

 
When Do Learners Engage in Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Work?

 
Primary-Grade Minicharts for Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Routines

 
Upper-Elementary Grade Minicharts for Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Routines

 
 
CHAPTER SIX: Spelling Pattern Routines
Why Is Spelling Pattern Work Important?

 
How Does Spelling Pattern Work Fit a Range of Learners?

 
When Do Learners Engage in Spelling Pattern Work?

 
Primary-Grade Minicharts for Spelling Pattern Routines

 
Upper-Elementary Grade Minicharts for Spelling Pattern Routines

 
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: Habit and Hybrid Routines
Why Are Habit and Hybrid Word Work Routines Important?

 
How Do Habit and Hybrid Word Work Fit a Range of Learners?

 
When Do Learners Engage in Habit and Hybrid Word Work?

 
Primary-Grade Minicharts for Habit and Hybrid Routines

 
Upper-Elementary Grade Minicharts for Habit and Hybrid Routines

 
 
CHAPTER EIGHT: Check-In and Assessment Routines
Why Are Check-In and Assessment Routines Important?

 
How Do Check-In and Assessment Routines Fit a Range of Learners?

 
When Do Learners Engage in Check-In and Assessment Routines?

 
Primary-Grade Minicharts for Check-In and Transfer Routines

 
Upper-Elementary Grade Minicharts for Check-In and Transfer Routines

 
 
PART III: EXTENDING WORD LEARNING
 
CHAPTER NINE: Connecting With Caregivers
We’re Better Together: Tools to Reinforce Home-School Partnership

 
A Brief Word on Homework

 
After-Hours Activities Letters

 
Student-Caregiver-Teacher Communication Tools

 
 
CHAPTER TEN: Bonus Lessons to Bolster Word Study Engagement and Success
Bonus Meaning Lessons

 
Bonus Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Lessons

 
Bonus Spelling Pattern Lessons

 
Bonus Hybrid Lessons

 
 
Conclusion: Teacher Talk: Tales From the Classroom
 
Appendix
Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions—and Answer

 
Appendix B: If/Then Chart for Matching Students to Patterns and Words

 
Appendix C: Word Study Routines at a Glance

 
Appendix D: Word Study Routines and Resources

 
 
References
 
Index

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