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  1. Thank you for your blog. I just completed a year of training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Cincinnati. I am wanting to bring OG into my classroom this coming school year. My thoughts were to do a whole-group mini-lesson Monday – Friday and also in small groups during my reading block. I am comfortable with the small group setting but would like your advice on how to do the whole group mini-lesson. Do you have books to suggest that I could use to assist?

    Thanks so much,

    • Hi Mike,

      I choose many of the topics for my whole group mini-lessons by looking at the written work of my students. Periodically I will have them write a friendly letter to me. That way I can see the kinds of spelling errors that they are making in the context of a writing. It might be a spelling convention or just a word that they are trying desperately to spell by sounding it out (which doesn’t usually work in a stress timed language like ours).

      Mary Beth

  2. I am interested in taking your grammar class. However, I didn’t see a link to request dates, how should I do this? I am free between June 18-29, and July 18-31.

    Thank you!
    Mileah Briley

    • Hello Mileah!

      I am available after 1:00 pm CST on any of those dates. Pleas send an email to me at and we’ll set up a schedule. Then I will post it so others can join as well!

      I look forward to meeting you! There are others who have been waiting for a summer class to start up as well!

      Mary Beth Steven

  3. Hello,

    I saw your root word maps and love them! Would you mind telling me a little bit about how you go about creating these with your class? I would love to do something like this with my students.


    Dr. Pelotte

    • Welcome!

      I am happy to tell you more. Often I choose a base word to start with (or we come across a word during our day). Then the students brainstorm a list of words built off of that base, and I write them all on the board. Next I create the matrix by starting with the base. We list prefixes on the left and suffixes on the right.

      Building matrices is a great way for students to see the structure of the word — what each morpheme looks like and means. It is also a great way to talk about suffixing rules.

      Today I gave each student a word to investigate. They had to find out what the word meant and then find as many words as they could that shared the base. Next I sent them to Mini Matrix Maker to create their own matrix. In order to create the matrix, they had to write their words as word sums first.

      I would be happy to explain in more detail, so if you send me an email to the address listed at the top of this page, I will respond. Looking at word families has really helped in many ways. When wondering about the ‘g’ in sign, we built a matrix and recognized words like signal and signature in which the ‘g’ is pronounced. It suddenly made more sense for it to be there!

      Mrs. Steven

  4. Thanks for letting us make our own blogs. I am so excited just making the blog. I was so happy when you sent the sheet to see if we could even have our own blog.


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