Word Ladders- Strategy #48
Presented by Cindy Ponce
- PreK- Grade 2
- Grade 3-5
- English Language Learners
- Phonemic Awareness/ Phonics
What is word Ladders?
How do we use Word Ladders?
- Create the word ladder. Choosing a word from the spelling list or phonics lesson, and write clues for each word, trying to incorporate a combination of graphophonemic and semantic clues. A word ladder can vary from 5 to 15 word or more.
- Passout supplies- teachers often use whiteboards, and marking pens however, you can also use blank papers or paper with word ladders already drawn on them.
- Do the word ladder- Teachers read the clues they have prepared and have the students write the words. students take turns identifying the words and spelling them correctly. If necessary teacher provides additional clues and explains any unfamiliar word.
- Review the word- When the students have completed the word ladder, they reread the words and can talk about any that they had difficulty writing. They can also volunteer other words they can write using these letters.
When do we use Word Ladder?
Why so we use this instructional strategy?
Scaffold English Learners
Word ladders are an effective Instructional Strategy for English learners because teachers work directly with students, explaining unfamiliar words and concepts, and students have opportunity to learn phonics, spellings, and Vocabulary in a nonthreatening game like situation.
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2.E: Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.3.2.F: Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g. word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
Word Ladder for Consonant Blends
Word Ladder Puzzle