I developed this resource as a means for children to take ownership of their own learning in regards to spelling.
Each word must aquire 3 ticks (ticks are received for correct spelling at each spelling session). Put a dot next to the word for any incorrect attempts (this indicates the child is still learning). Once 3 ticks are achieved, a sticker is placed over the recording marks to celebrate the learning.
The reason for having the child spell the word correctly 3 times is to ensure the knowledge has been retained in their long-term memory rather than their short-term recall.
Each list has an online interactive support link which you will find on the last page.
I test a group of 7 at a time:
- call first word for first child
- call first word for second child (first child is writing down their word and given ample 'thinking' time)
- continue to last child
- Check first childs word, mark accordingly, inform the child of the results (teach to the moment if appropriate) and give the child their second word.
- Continue to last child
- Issue stickers as applicable
- offer praise and guidance
- students can practice using various spelling activities or use the interactive web-links I have provided.
This system works very well in my classroom. The children really enjoy having their own personal list and their own personal goals. They are often found using them as a personal dictionary during writing sessions.
Students on Essential Lists 5 and above are able to be 'testers', thus reducing the number of groups for the teacher to get through.
In my class, this forms an integral part of our literacy programme and therefore we test on every day possible. It takes 10-15-20 minutes (depending on the number of words each child is ready to be tested on).
Download this free example and then return for the complete package which contain Essential Spelling Lists 3 - 7 and extension lists. Also with online interactive links.