UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD what's this
- word structure
• The context of a sentence is one way that a third grade student can determine the meaning of an unknown word, as well as the intended meaning of a word with multiple meanings.
QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION what's this
• The ability to identify the root of a word is the first step in using known root words to determine the meaning of an unknown word with the same root.
• A knowledge and familiarity of commonly used affixes is also important when students are trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word with a known root word.
• Students will need practice using glossaries or beginning dictionaries to determine (or confirm) the meaning of a word or phrase.
• The ability to determine or clarify the meaning of an unknown word will help third grade students as they strengthen their ability to write and speak in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
- How does knowledge of word parts (e.g. root words, affixes) support vocabulary development?
- How does the ability to hear the parts of a word (clap syllables) facilitate students’ skills in identifying root words and affixes?
- What do teachers need to know about the structure of the English language in order to best support students in their language development?
- What strategies support students in making connections from known words to new words?
- What strategies support students in using context to determine word meanings?
Go to L.2.4 to see skills mastered prior to this.