Word Solvers: Making Sense of Letters and Sounds

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Teachers in need of new ideas will find this compact book a big help in early childhood phonics. Clear, concise, and most of all practical, it offers a collection of word study activities for the progressive classroom using the omnipresent tool of magnetic letters. Adding just enough theory to make her point, Michele Dufresne shows how this simple tool can support the teaching of letters and sounds throughout the day within a balanced literacy program.

Each activity is geared to helping children figure out and understand words on their own. By making word analogies, they can draw on what they already know about letters, sounds, words, and spelling to access print in context. Throughout the text, educators will find distinct rationales for teaching children about letters and words and specific steps to help them assess students' needs and plan for teaching.

Sample lessons, lists of ideas, dialogue snippets, and classroom photos will help busy teachers get started with implementing phonemic and phonological instruction in their own classrooms. Then they can discover how much children enjoy exploring letters and words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004563
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,018,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Dufresne has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing as a classroom teacher, primary reading and language arts coordinator, and Reading Recovery Teacher leader. She is also a literacy consultant and staff developer for the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

1. Learning to Read and Write

Learning About Letters

Learning Words

Problem Solving New Words

Selecting and Organizing Materials


A. Finding Word Analogies

B. Taking Words Apart

C. List of Suppliers

D. Titles of Leveled Books

E. Book Publishers

F. Prompts for Problem Solving with Visual Information

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