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Next, let's just talk about our students. Yeah, we know the state/county/insert-your-official's-name-here expects students to spend two or three days on a topic, master it, then move on... only to be tested on it in a standardized format months later. These people are not educators - you are. As an educator, you have the understanding of child development to know the importance of time, repetition, and kinesthetic activities in the storage of knowledge in long term memory. We all know how important it is for students to use manipulatives and concrete examples in math throughout elementary school, so why do many schools assume these manipulatives are not necessary to master phonetic concepts? I don't have a good answer for you, but I do have good news... Lean in... I'll whisper it to you... Go ahead and provide these things because you know they need them - even if it's not on a test.
my love for Scrabble from my first Work on Words Wednesday post, but why leave those letters in the box? Set them out and teach kiddos to place the letters under their paper one at a time and use the flat part of the pencil lead to shade over it. Viola - instant record of their Word Work for their notebook.
How do you use cheap manipulatives in word work?