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“Happy” Word Investigation

Consider having students conduct Structured Word Investigations (Bowers, 2010) by hand as much as possible. Consider using a “real” dictionary and etymological reference and encourage students to write out word sums with a real pen as a way to practice handwriting while reinforcing orthographic understandings. Students enjoy and reinforce learning by creating an aesthetically pleasing design to convey the meaning, relatives, structure and phonology of a word.

I have shared a 9″x12″ sample but students would probably need larger paper. This also works well as a partner or group project. On the front, students can show the meaning, relatives, structure and phonology of their chosen word.

On the back, students can use the word in a creative way to show their understanding. They can tell the “story” of the word, interpret a quote that contains the word, use the word in a fictional or nonfiction story or article and/or draw what the word means to them.

Is there a word you are interested in exploring?


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