A message from Karen…
As a Language Arts consultant, I was often asked how to approach word study with students beyond the primary grades. My answer was always “morphology.” And yet, there were few resources available and nothing I considered comprehensive. As the focus on morphology has become more prominent and explicit in curricula across the country, teachers are asking more questions and searching for resources to support instruction. In addition, research strongly recommends the explicit teaching of morphology to students. Bug Club Morphology is a response to both the research and the needs expressed by teachers and literacy consultants.
Throughout the development of this resource, I had two main goals in mind:
• Empower teachers with easy-to-follow lessons, grounded in research-based pedagogy, and relevant background information.
• Provide teachers with engaging student materials so they will not have to spend precious time searching for texts that include multiple examples of words with the morphemes they want to teach.
Bug Club Morphology achieves these goals. The scope and sequence provides a timely, developmentally appropriate way to approach morphology instruction in our classrooms. The practical information for teachers, combined with meaningful reading passages for students, leads to lessons that support strong morphology instruction, while at the same time addressing many other aspects of Language Arts curricula.