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Flip your lid all over again with another comprehensive collection of literacy activities by Emily Cayuso! Flip for Word Work includes fifty phonics, spelling, and vocabulary lessons designed to expand literacy center work and enhance reading comprehension. The free-standing, table-top book design acts as a stand-alone literacy center that’s perfect for small-group instruction. From distinguishing the difference between simile and metaphor to recognizing onomatopoeia and homophones, Flip for Word Work will improve students’ word knowledge and help them build stronger vocabularies.
"Flip for Word Work: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary is a comprehensive activity book focused on providing early learners with strategies that will assist them in becoming better readers. Rather than relying on boring rote lessons, which specifically target the areas of phonics, spelling and vocabulary, this flip book provides teachers with creative, engaging, and challenging activities for all students. Furthermore, Cayuso's savvy approach to the teaching of reading and writing really elevates this flip book above others. By incorporating multiple intelligence theory with higher ordered thinking skills, and scaffolding the difficulty level of the activities, she provides teachers with an invaluable classroom resource.
As a director of curriculum and instruction, I often spend time searching for resources that improve reading instruction while adhering to a very strict budget. Because the use of a specific text is not required for this book, there is no need to purchase additional material in order to successfully integrate the activities into any elementary school's curriculum. The activities can be modified to meet the needs of any primary classroom. Early language learners, special education students, regular education students, as well as gifted students will become fully engaged in the learning process when teachers apply the strategies in this book.
One of the most creative aspects of this book lies in its design. The reading activities begin with phonics, build to spelling and end with vocabulary. This natural concept progression, which closely mirrors the manner in which young readers acquire literacy skills, gives this flip book exceptional flow. Through the use of effective teacher modeling, the activities can inspire a sense of wonder and interest in early readers, aspects which are sorely absent from traditional instruction. However, the focus of the flip book is to provide students with the phonemic awareness, decoding, and vocabulary comprehension skills needed in order to develop the self-confidence that is essential in the creation of independent readers."
-Reviewed by Donielle Gary-Burton, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy in Chicago, Illinois, for Education Book Reviews