In my latest video blog, I'm diving deeper into the Word Study part of a guided reading lesson and sharing some tips about using Making Words. I've also created the helpful handout below. It includes sample Making Words lessons for levels A through G.


Making Words handout


Want to see Making Words in action? Check out this terrific free video on to see literacy expert Jan Richardson working with a group of emergent readers. You can find all of the magnetic trays and letters she and the students are using on the Teaching Tools page at