Word Study Card Set
Inspire your children to read and write with these fun word study activities! Introduce these after your children are reading words at the non-phonetic level (after non-phonetic 3-part cards and puzzle words). Designed for the primary classroom, this economical set gives you all of the materials you need at over a 20% savings!
- Word study card set (11 card packets total including 5 control charts)
- Animals and their groups (cards and control chart)
- Animals and their homes (cards and control chart)
- Animals and their young (cards and control chart)
- Antonyms 1 (physical comparatives like deep/shallow, hot/cold)
- Antonyms 2 (states of being like awake/asleep, young/old)
- Compound words
- Masculine and feminine: humans (cards and control chart)
- Masculine and feminine: animals (cards and control chart)
- Color-coded to distinguish each type of word study material (distinct from grammar color-coding)
- Fully laminated
- Rounded corners (no pricked fingers or dog-eared cards)
- Lesson plan included
Add on Word Study Spelling Charts (sold separately) to extend the learning with plurals and word families (not included in the basic card set). Word study cards can be displayed in our coordinating cloth pouch set (sold separately; click on Options above to select).
Created by a Montessori teacher with help and guidance from Montessori teachers and teacher trainers. Eco-printed by parents/teachers/students in our rural New England office. Cards are approximately 2.75" x 1.75". Control charts are approximately 4.25" x 5.5"
Item #: WSALL
A Note on Control Charts: There are five control charts included in the word study set. Why not 11 (one for each card packet)? Because not every word study activity needs a control chart. We want the child to be able to verify that a beaver lives in a den, not a burrow so the animals and their homes cards need a control chart. Similarly, we want the child to verify that a female fox is a vixen and not a mare so the masculine and feminine cards need a control chart. We don't want them to be misinformed about factual information and there is no other control of error built into the cards.
For other materials, such as synonyms, there are a limited number of cards included in the packet. This allows the children to discover their own errors. For example, if they match damp with frigid, they will be searching for the correct match for cold and won't be able to find a good alternative. They will naturally discover their own error based on the limited selection of options before them. For compound words, the child may see more possibilities than the adult sees. For example, they might match fire with tail and pony with fly rather than the other way around (the typical way). While these words don't combine to create a conventional compound word, they do have a logic of their own.
In the children's house, the point of these activities is to help children develop a deeper understanding of and curiosity about language. Accuracy develops at the child's pace. If an error is made in spite of the inherent controls built into the materials, the adult's role is to observe and offer additional spoken language lessons (at a different, neutral moment) to support the development of precision in language.
Word Study Spelling Charts (as opposed to control charts included in the word study card set) create a control of error for movable alphabet work and are a separate activity from word study cards.