As an upper grade elementary teacher I am often frustrated when my students seem to have no knowledge of basic spelling patterns, rules, and sounds. I have been working on using and developing a spelling program that meets the needs of my diverse group of students. These lists are a work in progress and I am sure I will be updating pages indefinitely! I hope this spelling program will meet the needs of your students as well.
This HUGE packet contains 34 spelling lists. For each list, there is a student list, a spelling test list (with extra unknown words to check mastery), a graphic organizer, and an informational poster.
You can use these lists in any order, and even skip any that your students do not need. They are organized n the order that I use them, but feel free to rearrange them!
*Please download the PREVIEW FILE to see one of the lists and the different components as well as a copy of the table of contents!
SPELLING PROGRAM INFORMATION:
There are three different lists each week. I allow my students to choose the list they feel is most appropriate to their level. It is not uncommon for students to be on different list difficulties in different weeks.
~ Students receive the spelling list on Mondays.
~ We pre-test on Tuesdays. Students know 12 of the words and I add 8 more words in order to check if students have learned the pattern, sound, rule, etc. If students pass the pre-test (95% or better score), they only have to do one spelling homework for the week. If they do not pass the pre-test, they must do 2-3 activities.
~ The spelling homework activities come from a choice board at the bottom of each list. I allow students to choose the activities they complete every week.
~ On Fridays we take the spelling test again. Students who passed the pre-test do not have to take the test again.
~ I have added additional sheets to use in the classroom as well. Most of these are made poster size for my classroom. Students add words to the lists throughout the week. The “rule” pages we leave up in the room as a reminder.
~ There is an icon on each list. This icon stays consistent on every page related to the list. The icon is always related to the list in some way.