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Structured Word Inquiry

We had a week of wonderful learning with Dr. Pete Bowers from the Word Works Literacy Center. See more information here.

Word Inquiry helps students  build strong vocabulary and teach strategies to identify and unpack how words are structured.

How many times have we asked our children to “sound it out!” I’M GUILTY! How many times have we told our children that English has a lot of irregular words which must simply be memorized. I’M GUILTY!

When we realize that ‘spelling represents meaning, not sound,’ we open up a whole new world of word families!

To find out all about the family tree of a word or part of a word please click ETYMOLOGY

To find whether your hypothesis can be supported by a list of other examples please click  Word Searcher

To make your own word please click Matrix MAKER


Introducing the 4T Blog

This blog is to help students and parents become more aware of the ideas, learning, activities and events that are happening in and around the 4T classroom. My hope is that parents and students alike interact with this blog, offering their encouragement via dialogue and comments, especially at times when the students themselves have posted. Please use the following guidelines to make the class blog a safe and inviting environment:

•      Please do not use last names, only the first names of  students will do. If you are refering to someone else’s parent, Ms. or Mr. (name) would be appropriate.

•      Keep it positive and encouraging using constructive feedback.

•      If you disagree with something, please be respectful.

•      Have a read through before you submit your comment. Does it make sense? Did you check your spelling, grammar and punctuation before submitting your comment?