Instructional Strategy

Making words is one instructional strategy for addressing alphabet knowledge and word recognition. This strategy allows the reader to play around with letters to create new words. It helps the student understand the letter’s placement in a word matters.As described by Rasinski, Making Words is an “innovative word study and word play activity” where “students are guided through the process of using a limited number of letters to make a series of words” (Rasinski, 1999). For example, a teacher can give a student individual letters and then ask the student to make as many words as possible using those letters. This strategy will not only help the student with spelling,but also allow the student to understand the relationship between different words in English. It will also help with letter-sound knowledge and creating words by sounding them out. It will also help students to automatically recognize high-frequency words and make word families apparent. For example, the teacher can give the base word at and then provide a list of letters that can go before and after the base word to create different words such as cat, rat, mat, sat, fat…etc.Making words games also aids in the development of recognition of rhyming words. Overall, “through regular use of this type of contructivist and scaffolded word-building activity, students learn about the spelling structure of words to the point where their word recognition improves significantly” (Rasinski, 1999).