What They Are: ten (10) pages of "Everything to Know Now" pedagogy on Consonant & Vowel Sounds & Letters as they apply to the reading of regular to exceptional spellings in one- and multi-syllable words; Syllable Rimes; Word Parts (Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots, elements of Compounds); and Word Pairs & Groups (Homographs, Homophones, Similar Words); 60 word puzzles ranging from just interesting to quite challenging--all with Side Bars summarizing relevant learning points; suggestions for steps that offer additional challenge; 26 pages of answers shown in visual Solutions with Advanced Teaching Notes; 11 pages of Word Lists; extra reference pages for Word Pairs & Groups; instructions for Bonus Vocabulary Activities & Games
Author: Elaine Kirn-Rubin
Suitable for: Secondary, Young Adult, Adult
Why You Need Them: Learning "all there is to know" about systems of American-English phonics, spelling, and vocabulary can be a daunting, stressful undertaking. Although printed or downloaded materials can't guarantee mastery, they can certainly be of help. So can the satisfaction puzzle-solvers derive from "getting through" puzzles of unique, complex-looking formats, from comparing their work to Puzzle Solutions, from seeing how much they already know by perusing long reference lists, and from doing their own relevant language-learning research.
What They'll Do:
present not only patterns and rules, but also anything else there is to know about the targeted content--in compact, jam-packed layouts that waste no space or verbiage--to be reviewed or learned, examined, noted, and/or put aside by language learners to return to whenever convenient or relevant
reinforce and go beyond previous mastery in these areas of interest:
• Consonant Sounds & Letters (Initial, Final, in Combination • Vowel Sounds & Letters (Simple, Complex, All) • Syllables (Closed, Open, in Multi-Syllable Words • Word Parts (Prefixes & Suffixes, Word Roots, Compounds) • Word Pairs & Groups (Homographs, Homophones, Similar Words) . . .
make details of complex word study less intimidating or demanding by displaying pieces of useful knowledge among the stimulating clutter of unique page designs likely to inspire curiosity (at least) and/or action (at best). There's a surprising, ever-changing variety of puzzle formats among these generic types:
• Word Find • Criss-Cross • Linked Words • Letter Choices • Word Maze • Switched Letters • So What's Different? • Meaning Categories • Letter Connect • Letter Jumble • Letter Blocks • Rebus Crossword
engage, involve, motivate, entertain, inspire curiosity, facilitate active learning, lead to achievement and success, and more!