The purpose of word work is to make students aware of the rules of the English language, helping them become better readers and writers. (We have been turning them into word detectives - noticing the rules of the English language and then applying the rules to their reading and writing). Each week we focus on a specific word work pattern and then give students a spelling test to help make sure they understand the patterns we have learned. The expectation is for students to become word detectives; noticing the rules of the English language and then applying the rules, that we learn each week, to their work when they are reading and writing.
Over the next few weeks our focus will be on learning the seven syllable types. Learning syllable types will help students understand the parts of a word. When students are able to break down a word they can see the parts of it and have the skill set to then sound out larger words and spell them too.
The first syllable type we are focusing on this week are CLOSED syllables. A closed syllable is a syllable that has one vowel followed by a consonant. Since the vowel is closed off, the vowel is short (makes the short vowel sound).
Some examples of closed syllable words are:
cat nap ship dog
When a student is trying to find out what type of syllable a word is there are three steps we take.
- Find the vowel
- What comes after the vowel?