A Way with Words Mini-Project Kelly Kingsley 4/24/2010

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This study looks at how third graders play with language. 6 third-grade students participated in this case study over a course of 3 months.

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TEAC 930AA Way with WordsMini-ProjectKelly Kingsley4/24/20102A Way with WordsA Way with WordsThis study looks at how third graders play with language. 6 third-grade students participated in this casestudy over a course of 3 months.A series of interviews and observations were used to discover thestudents beliefs about playing and learning new words. The study also uncovered the students likes anddislikes in regards to playing with language and the role of collaboration in word play.Oliver Wendell Homes said, Once the mind is stretched by a new idea it never goes back to itsoriginal dimension. That quote speaks to the powerful outcome of creating word consciousstudents. We have all heard unfamiliar words used in conversation and pondered the meaningonce the chat ended. Research indicates the brain is curious and has a need to know or figure outdifferent or unfamiliar information.Word conscious learners have an awareness of and an interest in new words, their meanings, andtheir power; students begin to take notice of words they read, hear, and those they write or speak(Armbruster, Lehr, & Osborn, 2001). When teachers focus on creating word conscious learnersmany students for the first time are actually motivated to learn new words. Listening to childrento understand their confidence is strong and where they feel they struggle helps the teacher toknow when to step in and when to give their students space. Traditional practices have don

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