We now know that morphological awareness is growing and developing beginning in kindergarten and continues throughout the school years.
(Kirby et al., 2012; Mahony, Singson, & Mann, 200; Nagy, Beringer & Abbott, 2006).
Morphemes for Littles Ones is a rich resource of language-focused lessons to help K-3 teachers zero in on the key foundational aspects of morphology. The components of language – phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, and orthography – are built into each lesson. From developmentally appropriate language focused lessons in kindergarten to morpheme rich vocabulary in 3rd grade, Morphemes for Little Ones will bring the Magic of Language to classrooms everywhere.
Morphemes for Little Ones presents lessons adaptable for a K-3 grade range.
• The lessons are grouped into three levels and are intended to supplement current core reading programs.
• Informal criterion assessments help teachers gain a basic understanding of students’ knowledge of morphological elements included in the lessons.
• Language Stimulation Cards are built into each lesson to enhance oral and receptive language experiences.
• Colorful photos convey the meanings of target morphemes.
• Language Stimulation Cards can be used to create morpheme walls in classrooms.
"We know that learning about the written code is easier for students who know more about the sounds and meanings of the spoken words they are learning to read. Individual student differences in knowledge of these characteristics of spoken language at the start of formal instruction have an enormous impact on students' progress."
(Hulme, Nash, Gooch, Lervig, & Snowling 2015).
The Book of Lessons and Language Stimulation-Morpheme Cards (5.5" x 8.5") are sold only as a set. Each are necessary for successful lessons.
"There is so much that I like about this tool - the oral language is centered as the foundation for reading, the value placed on students’ home language, the distinction between a print rich and a language rich classroom, and the balance between planning and flexibility".
—Dr. Stephanie Stollar
"Deb Glaser has done it again! This book is a true treasure trove because it has so many easy-to-use components: Language screening and placement assessments, ideas for morpheme walls, spelling/encoding support, along with "a few trusted activities". All this is provided along with clear lesson guides and support materials. Every K-3 instructional coach, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, resource specialist and more should have a copy of Morphemes for Little Ones in their professional tool kit!"
—Dr. Jan Hasbrouck
About the Author:
Dr. Deb Glaser has a long history of working with students and teachers to improve literacy for all. She is the author of multiple books dear to teachers everywhere, and the online course Reading Teacher's Top Ten Tools.
She has been spreading the important news about morphological awareness for some time now, and created Morpheme Magic in response to the many teachers who have shared with her that they don't know how to teach morphological awareness. Morpheme Magic will build teachers' confidence in their ability to teach and build their students' morphological awareness.