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This unit on Blends provides you with everything you need to teach the concept of consonant blends within a rules-based spelling program. Students learn how to identify a blend, annotate text with blends, and use them in their writing. A suggested two-week teaching calendar is included along with resources to fill at least ten days in your classroom.
1. Teacher and Lesson Notes. Several pages explaining the resources included and tips on how to make them successful in your classroom.
2. Teaching Calendars. I have planned each lesson to last two weeks, or ten days, in your classroom. The activities allow students repeated exposure to concepts and plenty of practice before being asked to “show what they know.” However, the materials are easily adaptable to fit your students and schedule.
3. Parent Letter. This can be sent home when starting a new lesson. The letter explains this lesson’s concept, provides examples, and the words used during fluency practices. There are two copies included: one with a list of words that I’ve selected for you and one without the words in case you would like to use your own list.
4. Homework Grid and Response Sheets. Students choose a different activity each night from the grid and complete on one of the response pages. I’ve included two forms - copy the one(s) you find appropriate for your students or copy both back to front so students can choose the one that best fits their choice each night. Also perfect to put in your spelling center!
5. Blends Poster. Use this for anchor charts, to hang in a center or writing space, or make copies for students to keep in their notebooks.
6. “Let’s Learn.” This is the first page in the lesson and introduces the topic. There are two versions. The first was written to remove all guesswork and can be used in a variety of ways. The second was designed to use with interactive notebooks.
7. “Let’s Take Notes.” This sheet is used the day after first introducing a lesson. Two versions included - a standard practice page and one for use in interactive notebooks.
8. “Let’s Practice.” After introducing the concept and working on a short practice as a group, students practice with a small group or partner. This sheet is the first opportunity to practice the skill without teacher assistance.
9. “Let’s Sort.” This lesson includes two sorts - one with pictures and one with word cards. Use the one that is most appropriate for your students. Or use them both for additional reinforcement. Two versions of each sort are included – standard practice pages and two for interactive notebooks.
10. “Blends Word List.” Useful for making your own fluency lists, spelling test, or homework assignments. Also great for extra practice words during “Let’s Take Notes” or “Let’s Practice.”
11. “Let’s Teach.” (Fluency Practice Grids and Cards). If you follow the schedule, your students will practice spelling fluency three times during the two-week period. This resource includes word cards and graphing grids that are specific to this lesson on blends. *(Complete teaching resources as well as directions for use are sold separately in the Spelling Fluency Toolkit.)
12. Word Wall Cards. These cards coordinate with the lesson’s fluency list. Post these cards on your word wall after completing the lesson to give students a visual reminder of patterns learned.
13. “Let’s Reflect.” Students reflect on all they’ve learned about the lesson and answer a few prompts. Sheets can be collected as exit tickets, quick check assessments, or kept in student’s notebooks.
14. “Let’s Review.” Use this on Monday of Week Two. Start with a quick review of the lesson before setting students to work with a small group or partner.
15. “Let’s Play.”This pack includes puzzles that students cut out, scramble, and put together to make words. Games can be used in a center, during small group lessons, in partner practice, or copied for each student to use at home.
16. “Let’s Show What We Know.” This is your assessment sheet. It provides you with ten tested words and two dictation sentences. For more information about spelling tests, see the Spelling Assessment Toolkit.
17. Bonus Activities. 16 pages of bonus activities to help reinforce the lesson.
18. Answer Keys.
19. Editable Powerpoint file. For those who choose to make their own weekly lists, an editable copy of the parent letter, homework grid, and fluency grid are included in a separate PowerPoint file.
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For Spelling Resources that support this unit, please see my:
Just like in reading, students use fluency practice to improve their spelling. Hands down, the best tool I’ve found to increase students’ automaticity and see transfer to their writing. Students work in partnerships on “No Excuse” words each week and chart their progress, which helps promote ownership and success.
“COPS” is a simple editing process that teaches students to become responsible for correct capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and organization not only in their spelling assignments, but also in all writing completed in the classroom.
“My Spelling Dictionary” is the go-to reference for K-2 students. It include all five levels of most used sight words as well as several themed pages. Students interact with the dictionary throughout the year by adding lesson and other important words as they are learned.
Similar to the version for K-2 students, this Personal Spelling Diction includes most of the sight words that are appropriate for grades three – six as well as nineteen theme based lists.
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