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  • What Are Word Study Warm-Ups?

    What Are Word Study Warm-Ups?

    Here’s a quick overview of the activities in the free word study warm-ups…The word study warm-ups are no-prep, interactive videos. This means you press play for the class to watch, the video begins, and the video prompts students to participate. You walk the classroom to monitor students, support struggling students, and then check the work…

  • Word Meaning Warm-Ups are Expanding

    Word Meaning Warm-Ups are Expanding

    If you’re interested in expanding your students’ vocabulary, then you’re going to love the fact that our word meaning warm-ups are expanding! Today, we posted five more days of warm-ups in the free word study warm-ups, and tomorrow we’ll post five more! That’s a total of 10 more days added to the word meaning warm-ups.…

  • Three Activities for Context Clues

    Three Activities for Context Clues

    Three Activities for Teaching Context Clues We just released the free Word Meaning Warm-Ups, and they’re focused on context clues and vocabulary development. The great thing about the warm-ups is that there are three highly engaging activities students work through. In this quick post, I’ll share the three activities in the context clues warm-ups:Context MatchingWord MatrixWeekly…

  • Free Word Study Upgrades

    Free Word Study Upgrades

    The free word study warm-ups are getting major upgrades!Before next school year, the free word study warm-ups will all be completely new based on your feedback.The Original Word Study Warm-UpsWhen we first released the free word study warm-ups, we really weren’t certain how they would be received. Now, thousands of classrooms later and with amazing…

  • Decoding Fluency 1 (Updates!)

    Decoding Fluency 1 (Updates!)

    The new decoding fluency warm-ups are newly revised and available to all of our free Word Study Members and our Awesome Members! These are 20 days of spiral review focused on building fluency with the most essential decoding skills for late 2nd-grade and 3rd-grade. They also are tailored for reteaching or intervention in grades 3-6.…

  • [News] Word Study Warm-Ups are Expanding

    [News] Word Study Warm-Ups are Expanding

    If you’re an Awesome Member, you’ll be glad to know we’re developing activity-based word study warm-ups. We’re starting with Word Sorts and expanding from there. This week, we pushed out a new week of Word Sort Warm-Up Videos covering five types of consonant blends: Initial 2-letter blends Initial 3-letter blends Medial blends Final blends Blends…

  • Word Fluency & Basic Inferences: Three More Weeks of Warm-Ups!

    Great news for members – we just finalized the release of 3 more weeks of warm-ups! Fluency 2 Advanced Days 1-5 Fluency 2 Advanced Days 6-10 Basic Inferences 3 Fluency 2 Advanced takes students beyond the word fluency skills taught and practiced in Fluency 2, which focused on vowel digraphs. You can read more about the warm-ups…

  • Fluency 2 Days 1-10: Vowel Digraphs for Upper Elementary

    Fluency 2 Days 1-10: Vowel Digraphs for Upper Elementary

    Fluency 2 is a spiral warm-up unit in the free Word Fluency course. But what skills are in these warm-ups? Who are they for? What will students do during these 10 days? Let’s answer these questions as we walk through Fluency 2 Days 1-10. If you’re not a member, you can review our free membership…

  • Words Sorts: Double Consonant

    Words Sorts: Double Consonant

    Students in 3rd- and 4th-grades should fluent spell words with double consonants. They should learn that double consonants create short vowel sounds. In this post you will find word sorts that distinguish double consonants (short vowel) from single consonants (long vowel).Word Sorts with Double ConsonantsStudents can practice sorting words based on the double consonant pattern. Short…

  • Word Sorts for Two-Letter Blends

    Word Sorts for Two-Letter Blends

    Words sorts can help students build stronger spelling skills. These spelling activities can be used in class, in learning stations, or for homework. They are easy for students to complete without help, and they reinforce knowledge of spelling patterns. In this post, there are two types of word sorts: Words with initial blends Blends in…

  • Word Sorts for Short Vowels

    Word Sorts for Short Vowels

    Word sorts are an excellent way to deepen spelling skills. They are embedded in our word fluency units and the spelling warm-ups. Some students will need additional practice to master spelling patterns, and word sorts are a perfect way to help! This post has two types of short vowel word sorts: Basic Short Vowel Word…

  • FAQ About Word Work Fluency 1

    FAQ About Word Work Fluency 1

    SaveFAQ About Word Work in Fluency 1Before you begin our free word study course, Word Fluency, you might have a few questions about the type of word work. What will students learn in Fluency 1? And you might wonder:What skills will they gain and how will this word work help them?How will their reading levels increase?Will…

  • Word Builder Spelling Activity [Free]

    Word Builder Spelling Activity [Free]

    Word Builder is the free spelling activity that helps students visualize word morphology in spelling. I know, that’s technical talk, so here’s how it helps you: Students will see a word broken into word parts. Students hear the word. Students will combine the word parts to form the correct spelling. Students get instant feedback on their…

  • More Spiral Warm-Up Courses [Fall 2017 Update]

    More Spiral Warm-Up Courses [Fall 2017 Update]

    More Spiral Warm-Up Courses [Fall 2017 Update] The fall semester is going by so quickly, and I hope your students are enjoying the free word study courses including word fluency and spelling units! We’ve been busy drafting new courses…entirely new courses covering comprehension and vocabulary. And we have new word study units on the way! Spiral…

  • Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial #3)

    Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial #3)

    Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial) If you’re moving into the spelling units, you will find a very challenging activity: timed and open word sorts. These word work activities show in the days marked as “spiral review”. Here’s what you need to know to help your students. Challenges in the Spiral Reviews The timed…

  • Spelling 1 Tutorial #2

    Spelling 1 Tutorial #2

    Tips for the Open Sort in Spelling 1 If you’re working on Spelling 1, your students will find a challenging thinking task on day 5. It’s their first true open sort in the word study unit. Here are some tips to help your students find success as they struggle through this word study task. And…

  • [News] Spelling Warm-Ups Unit 3

    Spelling 3: Inflected Endings We’re now rolling out our newest unit for free word study warm-ups. It’s Spelling 3: Inflected Endings.  This unit is designed for grades 3-6 tier 1 instruction. It begins with direct instruction on inflectional endings and continues into three different activities for students to build spelling fluency:Word SortsWord BuilderSpeed SpellerEach activity progressively…

  • Word Sorts to Build Automaticity

    In this research brief, you will discover how word sorts can build automaticity in reading fluency and writing. I’ll present four research studies and quickly highlight how the findings inform research-based word sorts in a word study curriculum. Research-Based Word Sorts Word sorts are word learning activities that require students to use a variety of…

  • [NEWS] Spelling 1 Warm-Ups are Published!

    We’re happy to announce our newest free word study warm-ups! The first spelling unit is complete. In this unit, your students will: Sort words based on orthographic patterns.Receive direct instruction/review on consonant digraphs, blends, and short vowels. Physically participate in identifying phonemes and graphemes.Build spelling fluency. The new spelling 1 unit is designed for on-level…

  • Spelling Warm-Ups (New Spiral Reviews)

    Spelling Warm-Ups (New Spiral Reviews)

    Our newest spiral warm-ups are finished and ready to publish. Your dashboard will soon show spiral reviews 1-5 in your Spelling warm-ups! Who will benefit from these spelling warm-ups? What spelling activities will students do in these spiral reviews? In this post you will: Preview the spelling spiral review activities.Discover prerequisite skills students need in these…