What is a word?

I wrote a sentence (a thought) on the whiteboard and right away the children told me, “You didn’t leave spaces between your words”. We talked about why it is important to leave spaces between words (so it’s easier for readers to read it) and then we tried to find the words. After counting the words, I drew 8 lines ┬áto rewrite my sentence correctly. Along the way, we found the snap words ‘the’ and ‘is’, noticed we had two ‘at’ words but one was supposed to be ‘ate’, changed our beginning word ‘i’ to ‘I’, and realized our snap word ‘is’ was supposed to be the word ‘ice’. Remembering a ‘c’ can be an ‘s’ sound too, we changed it.

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