Grab this free printable poster to promote the Science of Reading & morphology with your colleagues and students. Download your poster, then print and display it to brighten up your classroom or office space!
➕ Why Morphology?
As kids progress in their knowledge of phonics, they can begin to move from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”
They do this by moving up the building blocks of reading as they build fluency, study vocabulary, and deepen their comprehension.
One essential component in this process is the study of morphology.
👉 Morphology is “the study of word structure and meaning.”
Teaching students that words can be broken down into morphemes, or the smallest unit of meaning, is a valuable tool for their reading toolbox!
Understanding the structure of words, as well as common morphemes, will ultimately lead to deeper meaning and greater understanding. This poster does just that!
💜 Why We Love It
Our fun SOR poster is not only for decoration, but it’s intentionally designed to show kids (and adults) how words can be broken apart into affixes (prefixes, suffixes, & bases) to understand meaning!
On the poster, the popular phrase “Science of Reading” is broken down using a word sum. A word sum is where each morpheme within a word is separated, basically breaking apart the word by meaning.
Word sums give us a more clear understanding of meaning and will help kids deepen their vocabulary knowledge.
On this poster, you see the words “Science of Reading” broken down into morphemes.
- “Science” includes two morphemes: a Latin base and a suffix.
- The word ‘of’ is an irregular word that is represented in sound boxes and is a heart word to be memorized.
- “Reading” also includes two morphemes: an Anglo Saxon base and a suffix.
Each morpheme is underlined and represented in a different color. Anyone viewing this poster can easily see the morphemes separated by a + sign.
Then, they can see how their meanings contribute to the overall definition of the phrase “Science of Reading.”
👉 The literal definition is “The action or state of knowing the process of reading.”
We hope this poster helps get the conversations flowing with your colleagues as you help teachers expand their knowledge about Science of Reading!
✨ Expert Tips & Info
- Enlarge the poster for 18X24 and print in color.
- Don’t wait to teach morphology! Teaching morphology can begin as early as kindergarten, as kids learn that adding a suffix ‘s’ to the word ‘dog’ means ‘more than one dog.’
- More explicit morphemic analysis usually begins by the middle of third grade, as words become more content-specific and include multisyllabic words with prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin bases.
- Visit etymonline.com for an etymology dictionary! This resource is priceless!
📚 More Science of Reading Resources
Please join us as we continue sharing that the Science of Reading is SO MUCH MORE than phonics instruction!
It includes many components, and most importantly it is a body of research that has arisen from decades of research, studies, and advances in technology.
Choose one of our favorite Science of Reading books for teachers to dig deeper into it!
SOR-aligned Resources from our TPT store:
- Phonics Folder for Word Mapping (pictured above)
- Word Ladders for Word Chaining with 780+ Words
- Word Lists organized by Skill (2000+ words w/Google Slides™)
- Ultimate Phonics Bundle (Decodable sentences, Phonics Bingo, Rolls & Read)
- Syllable Types Bundle: Anchor Charts, Practice Worksheets and More
- Sound Boxes Bundle for tons of Orthographic mapping practice!
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