I wanted to share a few snapshots and thoughts about unit 2. Unit 2 is all about becoming an investigator of words in our world. We want to turn our young spellers into people that inquire about spelling all of the time. They should be naturally curious and fascinated by words and the way they are built. That doesn’t just happen without teaching. Investigative curiosity is the spirit of this unit!
Some of my favorite teaching points from this unit are:
*Today I want to teach you that word investigators don’t want someone to tell them how to spell a word…they think, what or where is a word in my world that can help me?
*Word investigators notice environmental print. Environmental print is what you see…EVERYWHERE! Words that are on places like Home Depot, Best Buy, Sponge Bob, Wendy’s, Immediate Care, etc… If you are playing attention, you can use these words to help them spell other words! The thing about environmental print is that you probably know how to spell (or get pretty close) because you see it SO much. Why not use that to help you spell other words?