• Problem Solving Words

    Posted by Heather Dawn Levasseur on 1/20/2016

    Good Spellers…

    • look for patterns
    • look for word parts
    • try several ways to write a word
    • write sounds in words
    • write a vowel in each word and in each syllable
    • think about words that look the same
    • check to see if words look right
    • think about what words mean
    • practice words
    • use a dictionary to check
    • look for words in the classroom
    • ask someone if they can’t figure it out


    Practice these skills with your child


    Prompts to Solve Words in Reading and/or Writing

    To help the student notice errors:

    • You noticed what was wrong.
    • Find the part that’s not quite right.
    • Check to see if that looks right.
    • Where’s the tricky part? (after an error)
    • Underline the tricky part.
    • Get a good look.
    • There’s a tricky word on this line.
    • What did you notice? (after hesitation or stop)
    • What’s wrong?
    • Why did you stop?
    • Do you think it looks like _____?
    • Were you right?

    To help the student problem-solve words:

    • Did you write all the sounds you hear?
    • Did you write a vowel in each part you hear?
    • There are two vowels together in the middle.
    • What could you try?
    • What do you hear first? Next? At the end?
    • Write the ending.
    • What’s that like?
    • Listen for the first part. Next part, last part.
    • It starts like _____.
    • It ends like _____.
    • Listen for the ending.
    • Look at the parts.
    • There are _____ letters.
    • What do you know that might help?
    • Do you see a part that can help?
    • Do you know a word like that?
    • Do you know a word that starts with those letters?
    • Ends with those letters?
    • What’s that like?
    • Think of what the word means. It is like another word you know?
    • What other word do you know like that?
    • What letter do you expect to see at the beginning (or end)?
    • Do you see a part that can help?
    • What could you try?
    • Look for/write a part you know.
    • There’s a silent letter at the beginning.
    • Try it.

    To help the student notice errors and fix them:

    • Does it look right?
    • One more letter will make it look right.
    • That sounds right, but does it look right?
    • You only have one letter wrong.
    • It starts like that. Now check the last part.
    • I like the way you worked that out.
    • That’s one way to write it. It s there another way?
    • You made a mistake. Can you find it?
    • You wrote all the sounds you hear.
    • Think about how that word looks.
    • Something wasn’t quite right.
    • You’re nearly right.
    • You almost got that. See if you can find what is wrong.
    • You’ve got the first part (last part) right.
    • Try that again.
    • Try it another way.
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