RE 5040 Fall 2011
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koppenhaverd
morphemes and younger students
Mon Nov 28, 2011 20:05
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It would make sense that it is a 3-5 curriculum. Morphemic decoding is most useful in figuring out polysyllabic words (remember Lori and Amanda's discussion of the nature of the problem?). That sort of decoding would become more and more useful as phonics becomes less and less useful (i.e., when text contains a significant number of words that are more than 2 syllables long). Here's an exception, however. Kids who are congenitally deaf have trouble with phonics (they can't match sounds they can't hear to letters they can see), so we have had some success teaching kids who are deaf and can read 1st to 2nd grade level to use morphemic decoding (we used Nifty thrifty 50 but Lori and Amanda's curriculum sounds good too) to bump them up to higher levels. Morphemes are meaning-based rather than sound-based so kids could compare visual and meaning across words and decode more successfully. Not perfect--e.g., cat has nothing to do with understanding the meaning of catastrophe...

  • Re: Lori Beasley/Amanda Burcham - beasleylm, Mon Nov 21 17:46
    I don't think that it is available for younger students. I know in our training it was only for 3-5. It is also used in middle school ages. It may be available for 2nd grade, but I am unsure about... more
    • Word Build for K-1 - Marlee Wright, Mon Nov 28 22:55
      I would love to know if it is available for our grades...we are always looking for new strategies, and if this would help us to better prepare our students, we want to know about it!
    • morphemes and younger students - koppenhaverd, Mon Nov 28 20:05
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RE 5040 Fall 2011