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An active and innovative approach to making words that teachers and their students have grown to love is finally here! Based on its highly successful parent text, Phonics They Use, this new grade-level series Making Words offers teachers a fresh multi-level activity and lesson series written for the kindergarten through fifth grade classroom. Pat Cunningham and Dottie Hall present classroom teachers with effective tools for strengthening phonics and spelling skills that encourage students to move beyond learning and into a world of word discovery. Each research-based volume includes a wealth of friendly, hands-on, manipulative activities that guide teachers in teaching the development of words--from phonemic awareness to spelling. In Making Words Fourth Grade, Pat and Dottie introduce fourth grade teachers to 50 lessons that teach all the prefixes, suffixes, and root skills included in most fourth grade curriculums. Each Making Words activity leads children through a systematic and sequential spelling curriculum. All lessons include practice with prefixes and suffixes as children stretch out words they are making and blend the letters to make new words. Because teaching children letter-sound relationships is easier than teaching children to actually use these letter-sound relationships, all lessons include a transfer step in which children apply the sounds they are learning to spelling new words. Making Words Fourth Grade is the best resource you can have on hand for motivating your students to learn words! * Features 50 fun and interactive lessons for building decoding and spelling skills.* Presents a concise method for involving students in the process of identifying common contractions and compound words and more complex vowel patterns within words.* Promotes student awareness of similarities in words that helps develop writing skills.* Includes reproducible take-home record sheets to help students build their vocabularies.
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Introduction 1Lesson 1 l fireplaces 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ape, ace, icere, meaning back or again Lesson 2 l treasures 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns at, eat, ate, ueer/est, meaning more/most re, meaning back or againLesson 3 l rattlesnake 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns eat, east, akeer/est, meaning more/most Lesson 4 l teachers/cheaters (2 secret words)Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns eat, eacher, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againLesson 5 l fireworksLesson Focus: rhyming patterns ir, ire, ise, isker, meaning moreer, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againLesson 6 l workbenchLesson Focus: rhyming patterns oke, eck, encher, meaning person or thingen, changing part of speechLesson 7 l repainted 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns aid, ied, ainer, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againLesson 8 l unpleasant 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns at, ast, ent, est, ealun, meaning not or oppositeLesson 9 l friendly 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns y, ine, ielder, meaning person or thingly, changing part of speechLesson 10 l perfectly 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns y, ee, eelre, meaning back or againly, changing part of speechy, changing part of speechLesson 11 l playground 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ay, oad, oud, oundun, meaning not or oppositely, changing part of speechLesson 12 l underground 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns un, ude, ounder, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againun, meaning not or oppositeunder, meaning under or lessLesson 13 l overtime 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns et, im, oreer, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againover, meaning over or moreLesson 14 l overweight 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ow, ew, ee, iveover, meaning over or morere, meaning back or againer, meaning person or thingLesson 15 l overnight 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns orn, ote, ighter, meaning person or thingen, changing part of speechover, meaning over or moreLesson 16 l inventors 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns et, ot, ote, ose, ore, ineer, meaning person or thing or, meaning person or thingLesson 17 l unfortunate 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns at, otun, meaning not or oppositeen, changing part of speecher, meaning moreLesson 18 l carefully 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ar, ear, allful, meaning full or wither, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againly, changing part of speechLesson 19 l powerfully 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns owl, ow, ew, ull, owerful, meaning full or wither, meaning morely, changing part of speechLesson 20 l powerless 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns eep, owl, ow (2 sounds)less, meaning less or withouter, meaning moreer, meaning person or thingLesson 21 l weightless 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns eel, ile, eet, ightless, meaning less or withoutLesson 22 l defenseless 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ed, end, eed, ee, enseless, meaning less or withoutLesson 23 l recyclable 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns all, ell, ablere, meaning back or againer, meaning person or thingable, meaning able toly, changing part of speechLesson 24 l motorcycles 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns oot, ooler/est, meaning more/moster, meaning person or thingy, changing part of speechLesson 25 l treatments 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns art, eat, ameer/est, meaning more/mostment, changing part of speechLesson 26 l measurement 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns art, eat, eam, enter/est, meaning more/mostment, changing part of speechLesson 27 l experiments 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ix, ipe, ime, eeper/est, meaning more/moster, meaning person or thingen, changing part of speechLesson 28 l dishonesty 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ide, ine, osedis, meaning not or oppositeest, meaning mosty, changing part of speechLesson 29 l disappear 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ip, air, aid, aise, idedis, meaning not or oppositepre, meaning beforere, meaning back or againer, meaning person or thingLesson 30 l disapprove 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ide, ine, osedis, meaning not or oppositeer, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againpre, meaning beforeover, meaning over or moreLesson 31 l disconnect 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns end, ent, icedis, meaning not or oppositeest, meaning mostLesson 32 l independent 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns end, ent, eedin, meaning not or oppositeen, changing part of speechLesson 33 l incorrectly 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns oy, oil, one, orn, icein, meaning not or oppositey, changing part of speechly, changing part of speechLesson 34 l impatiently 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ay, ean, ime, ameim, meaning not or oppositement, changing part of speechly, changing part of speechLesson 35 l comfortable 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ace, are, oat, oom, ameable, meaning able toor, meaning person or thingLesson 36 l undesirable 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns end, eadable, meaning able toer, meaning person or thingre, meaning back or againun, meaning not or oppositeLesson 37 l inflexible 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ine, ile, ill, ellible, meaning able toin, meaning not or oppositeLesson 38 l personal 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns our, ound, age, earal, changing part of speechLesson 39 l electrical 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ice, ace, all, ell, atere, meaning back or againer, meaning person or thing er, meaning more al, changing part of speechLesson 40 l predictable 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ace, ade, ate, ideable, meaning able topre, meaning beforere, meaning back or aginal, changing part of speechLesson 41 l dangerous 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns our, ound, age, earun, meaning not or oppositeous, changing part of speechLesson 42 l mysteriously 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ue, ess, ile, imeous, changing part of speechly, changing part of speechy, changing part of speechLesson 43 l subtraction 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns an, oat, oastor, meaning persontion, changing part of speechLesson 44 l celebrations 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ice, eaner/est, meaning more/most or, meaning personre, meaning back or againtion, changing part of speechLesson 45 l impression/permission (2 secret words) 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns in, ine, esser/est, meaning more/most sion, changing part of speechen, changing part of speechLesson 46 l politicians 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns oil, ail, aintion, changing part of speechLesson 47 l thickness 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ice, iss, ink, ickest, meaning most en, changing part of speechness, changing part of speechLesson 48 l wilderness 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ed, id, end, ewre, meaning back or again less, meaning less or withoutness, changing part of speechLesson 49 l sweatshirt 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns aw, eat, iter, meaning person or thing Lesson 50 l thunderstorm 000Lesson Focus: rhyming patterns ot, ort, ound, outhre, meaning back or again under, meaning under or withoutun, meaning not or oppositeen, changing part of speechl Reproducible Letter Strips 000l Reproducible Making Words Take-Home Sheet 000

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An active and innovative approach to making words that teachers and their students have grown to love is finally here! Based on its highly successful parent text, Phonics They Use, this new grade-level series Making Words offers teachers a fresh multi-level activity and lesson series written for the kindergarten through fifth grade classroom. Pat Cunningham and Dottie Hall present classroom teachers with effective tools for strengthening phonics and spelling skills that encourage students to move beyond learning and into a world of word discovery. Each research-based volume includes a wealth of friendly, hands-on, manipulative activities that guide teachers in teaching the development of words--from phonemic awareness to spelling. In Making Words Fourth Grade, Pat and Dottie introduce fourth grade teachers to 50 lessons that teach all the prefixes, suffixes, and root skills included in most fourth grade curriculums. Each Making Words activity leads children through a systematic and sequential spelling curriculum. All lessons include practice with prefixes and suffixes as children stretch out words they are making and blend the letters to make new words. Because teaching children letter-sound relationships is easier than teaching children to actually use these letter-sound relationships, all lessons include a transfer step in which children apply the sounds they are learning to spelling new words. Making Words Fourth Grade is the best resource you can have on hand for motivating your students to learn words! Features 50 fun and interactive lessons for building decoding and spelling skills.Presents a concise method for involving students in the process of identifying common contractions and compound words and more complex vowel patterns within words.Promotes student awareness of similarities in words that helps develop writing skills.Includes reproducible take-home record sheets to help students build their vocabularies.

About the Author

Patricia M. Cunningham The day I entered first grade, I decided I wanted to teach first grade. In 1965, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island and began my teaching career teaching first grade in Key West, Florida. For the next several years, I taught a variety of grades and worked as a curriculum coordinator and special reading teacher in Florida and Indiana. From the very beginning, I worried about children who struggled learning to read and devised a variety of alternative strategies to teach them to read. In 1974, I received my Ph. D. in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. I developed the Making Words activity while working with Title One teachers in North Carolina where I was the Director of Reading for Alamance County Schools. I have been the Director of Elementary Education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina since 1980 and have worked with numerous teachers to develop hands-on engaging ways to teach phonics and spelling. In 1991, I published Phonics they Use: Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its fourth edition. Along with Richard Allington, I published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work. Dottie Hall and I have worked together on many projects. In 1989, we began developing the Four Blocks Framework, a comprehensive approach to literacy which is used in many schools in the United States and Canada. Dottie Hall and I have worked together to produce many books, including the first Making Words books and the Month by Month Phonics Books. These Making Words by Grade Level books are in response to requests by teachers across the years to have making words lessons with a scope and sequence tailored to their grade level. We hope you and your students will enjoy these making words lessons and we would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Dorothy P. Hall I always wanted to teach young children too! After graduating from Worcester State College in Massachusetts I taught first and second grade. After two years, I moved to North Carolina where I continued teaching in the primary grades. Many children I worked with struggled to learn to read in the newly integrated schools. I wanted to learn more and received my M ED and Ed D in Reading from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also worked at Wake Forest University where I met and began to work with Pat Cunningham. After three years teaching at the college level I returned to the public schools and taught third and fourth grade as well being a reading and curriculum coordinator for my school district. At this time Pat Cunningham and I began to collaborate on a number of projects. In 1989, we developed the Four Blocks Framework, a comprehensive approach to literacy in grades one, two, and three which we later expanded to kindergarten, calling it Building Blocks, and the upper grades, calling it Big Blocks. By 1999 Pat and I had written four Making Words books, a series of Month by Month Phonics Books, and The Teacher's Guided to Four Blocks and I retired from the school system to devote more time to consulting and writing. I also went back to work at Wake Forest University where I taught courses in Reading, Children's Literature, and Language Arts Instruction for elementary education students. I am now Director of the Four Blocks Center at Wake Forest University and enjoy working with teachers and administrators around the country presenting workshops on Four Blocks, Building Blocks, Guided Reading Strategies, and Phonics Instruction. I have also written several books with teachers. One request Pat and I have had for a number of years is to revise the Making Words by grade level and include a scope and sequence for the phonics instruction taught. Here it is--Enjoy!

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