Grade 4 Spelling and Word Study

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					Grade 4 Spelling and Word Study Theme 2/Selection 1/Tomas and the Library Lady
Big Ideas for this sort:  Students will review some common sounds made by ou/ow, au/aw/ and al  The spelling principles that students will review include: o The spelling pattern ou and ow can sound like /ou/as in (ouch). o The spelling pattern au, aw, can sound like aw as in saw. o The spelling pattern al can sometimes sound like all as in bald.  This al pattern is very close in sound to au/au. The word bald is typically pronounced as “balled”, not “bawled”). Because of the influence of the „l‟, the al words included in this sort are clearly different from the aw (saw) sound – (always, although, false, also). For clarity, these words have been segmented into a separate category for this word sort. Once you have a chance to study the words beforehand, if you wish to include the al words within the aw pattern, disregard the picture cue for bald. and include the al words in the saw column. Closed Sort to discuss and discover:  First use key pictures to sort by sounds: ouch/saw/bald and ? (? fits no pattern given – the word couple will go in this category).  Have students notice that, in this list, the ou/ow, aw/aw and al patterns are usually followed by a consonant sound (exceptions: jaw, gnaw) Additional Closed Sorts to discover and discuss (spelling patterns):  Sub-sorts of ou and ow based on key words; use words that are most familiar such as sound/clown  Sub-sorts of au/aw/based on key words; use words that are most familiar such as jaw/cause Ideas for Differentiating the Word List  You may want to introduce and model the basic sort with the whole class, and then differentiate for the words that will be assigned for students to study throughout the spelling sequence. If guided reading groups align with spelling groups, a few minutes could be spent adding or deleting words to the word sort/assigned words at that time. Or you may be able to pair spelling partners who have similar needs.  To simplify the list: omit some ou words, omit the challenge words, and add the basic words lawn,  To increase the challenge, include all challenge words with an *; other words might include two syllable words or more complex words: daughter, squawk, eyebrow, awkward, caution, applaud, exhaust, fountain, scoundrel, chowder, drowsy, scald (see Grade 4 Additional Spelling Words). Additional support information for this sort (OPTIONAL):

loud, sound, clown.


Students may suggest that the word aloud could fit in two categories – ou (ouch) and all (bald). In order to clearly hear the all sound, the pronunciation becomes distorted (“all loud” rather than “uh loud”). Tell students that they are not wrong to consider the sound of all in aloud, but that this word has been included as a clear example of the ou (ouch) pattern. As students develop a mind set of word study, it is important to validate their efforts to focus on sound patterns in words. Varieties in dialect and pronunciation may make some patterns less clear for some students.

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Tomas and the Library Lady Sounds of ou/ow/au/aw/al

pound cause south false gown gnaw* scrawny* sound

howl always** couple proud couch prowl* also** lawn

jaw shout drawn frown dawn pounce* loud

bounce aloud scout sauce mount doubt* clown

* challenge word ** word wall word

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Activities for Independent Practice or Homework Thomas and the Library Lady
Repeated work with the word sort
On a subsequent day or for homework, offer students the option to sort the words in a different way (set the vowel key words to the side). Students may organize them according to number of syllables, common clusters, number of vowels, parts of speech, or other features.

Word Study Notebooks Word Operations (also known as word chaining or Change a Letter)
ex: bounce/bound – shout/pout – drawn/drain – south/sound

Word Hunt (Literacy Center Idea)
Students can look for words in daily reading that mirror the featured sound or pattern. These words can be added to the bottom of the columns in their word study notebooks. Students can return to a short segment of the anthology or use attached poems, Sir Sour and Awesome Augie Auk.

Sir Sour

ou/ow: sour, our, me-our, floured, devours, sourdough same sound different pattern: sauerkraut (word pronunciation is influenced by its German derivation) Awesome Augie Auk, awfully, caused, au/aw: Awesome, Augie, Auk, awfully, haul, audience, gawk, squawk, caught, auglets, taught, same sound different pattern: thought

Write and Draw Rhyme Time SAW (Sort, Alphabetize, Write) Blind Sort Writing Sort Sentence dictation (practice or assessment) We always wake at dawn to drive south. The shades behind the couch were always drawn. The dogs in the pound prowl and howl for a couple of hours every day. The proud teacher doesn‟t shout when she reads aloud. The scout liked true or false tests.

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Sir Sour
Naomi Grady

Our cat, Sir Sour, likes to eat sour foods for late-hour treats. “Mee-our,” he howls for sauerkraut soup, and sour sardines, and sour juice goop. “Mee-our,” he cries for a sour red beet and sour green peppers and floured pigs’ feet. He laps sour milk, And sour cream, too. Then Sour slurps-slurps soured halibut stew. Sir Sour devours Some sourdough bread. And sour-full, Sour waddles off to bed.

Awesome Augie Auk
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By Babs Bell Hadjusiewicz

All the auks thought Augie was an awfully awesome auk. When Augie fished, his audience would often gawk and squawk: “Augie, you’re an awesome auk! We saw that haul you caught! We wish you’d help our auklets learn. Small auklets must be taught!” So Augie taught the auklets to fish at the crack of dawn. But the awfully early rising time caused all the auklets to yawn. And soon the auks told Augie, “We ought to change our wish. Although you’ve taught our auklets well, They’ve caught more yawns than fish!”

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