Technology Infusion

Word Work Edition


This collection of resources was created to support a professional learning project in Lewisville ISD with the amazing, innovative principal-- Patricia Cuckler

The Objectives

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Word Work/ Literacy

These are some of the concepts the word work and literacy stations cover. We start with the learning objective in mind-- not the tool first (insert Tracy's soapbox from our time together).

  • Poetry
  • Vocabulary (Word Knowledge: synonyms/ antonyms, homophones, homographs, Morphemic Elements: Suffix, Prefix, roots, Word Meaning: identify meaning, scaffold, Word Analysis: categorize, classify- similarities and differences between words, Words in Context)
  • Phonemic Awareness (Rhyme, Alliteration, Sentence Segmentation, Syllables, Phonemes)
  • Comprehension (Monitor for understanding, metacognitive strategies, question generation, story structure, plot, main idea, inferencing, fact vs. opinion, author's purpose, narrative, expository)
  • Phonics
  • Fluency (Word parts, Words, Phrases, Chunked Text, Connected Text)

The Tools

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Graphic Organizers & Thinking Maps

Open Ended Creation

Digital Books & Read Alouds

The Thinking

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The tools above + these thinking strategies = a way for students to make their thinking visible regarding the objectives you are working on

Sentence Stems & Visual Synetics

(Insert vocabulary word here) is like ________________ because _____________.

  • Or insert grammar concept, character in a story, book title....or just about anything where you want students to make connections.
  • The visual part comes in where you add a couple pictures for initial analogies to help students with brainstorming...
  • Remember the example we did in our first session? My summer was like __________________ because _______________. Many of you used the pictures I had in the visual synetic to get your ideas flowing, but ultimately came up with your own analogy.

I used to think... Now I think

  • Thinking Routine to show a change or shift in thinking
  • I used to think prefixes were..... but now I think prefixes are.....
  • I used to think (insert vocabulary word--maybe a false cognate?) meant .... now I think it means.... (add a picture)

Word Work + Sketchnotes

  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy
  • Language
  • Homophones
  • Homographs
  • Synonym/Antonym
  • Roots
  • Rhyme

What makes you say that?

I think ___________ means _________________.

What makes you say that?


Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use to explore themes and connections
  • Root word in middle & create hexagonal thinking map to connect words
  • Prefix/suffix map-see how big map can grow through connecting words
  • Add a sketch (idea + icon = idon) (multimodal)

Photo courtesy of Chris Harte

More on Hexagonal Thinking ...

Below is my post on Hexagonal Thinking & the Resource We Used To Create Our Hexagonal Thinking Maps during our last session

Tracy Clark M.S.

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