Word Matters-Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading /Writing Classroom

Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas Heinemann

Figure 8-1 Competent Word Solvers: What Do They Do? page 79

I remember when I went to school I learned about phonics through work sheets. It was drill and practice to death. Now that we know better, students have the benefit of playing with words,sorting, classifying and manipulating them, looking at all the parts, beginning, middle and end. Studying word families and searching for similarities and differences is much more relevant and leads to a deeper understanding of how words work. Word study that is inductive, leads to better word retention. Students who study words inductively through the Picture Word Inductive Model become Competent Word Solvers…