Freckle's Word Study program is a systematic approach to phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. It focuses on students’ growing knowledge of spelling patterns, rather than their ability to memorize words. It provides students with opportunities to practice with word patterns that help them learn to spell, read, and write words.
To see a list of all the Word Study levels, click the link at the end of this article.
As with the other personalized components of the Freckle platform, the Word Study program meets students at their appropriate developmental stage. As students learn and grow, Freckle will adapt to them!
Here’s how it works:
When students log into Freckle and choose to work on ELA, they can select to work on the Word Study program.
First, students take a pre-test to determine the best starting level for them. The pre-test says words out loud and asks students to spell them independently.
Then, students are ready to begin practicing! Word study sessions consist of an instructional piece that explains a focus spelling pattern and then different phonics activities. Many word study activities are in the form of "sorts." Sorts help students differentiate by sounds and spelling and develop their understanding of common word patterns in the English language.
Since we know how important it is to continually practice mastered skills, review sessions are also interspersed between each level. During the review component, questions are taken form the past 6 levels.
When students sort all answers correctly, they move on to the next activity. However, if students sort at least one word incorrectly, the program will notify students by highlighting all correctly sorted words in green and all incorrectly sorted words in red. Students have 2 opportunities to re-sort the words before moving on to the next activity.
Teachers can use Word Study as a daily spelling activity, a center rotation, or even as homework. Word Study teaches word knowledge, and not simply individual words.