Scenarios of using the Fold & Flip Spelling System
By Melissa Donovan
In an intervention group: Fifth-grade students are working in groups around the room. One energetic but quiet group of five students is sitting at a half-circled table facing an instructor. Each student seems engrossed in their own learning, as each folds, writes, flips, flips again, checks, flips again, writes, and marks on a graphic organizer. A close-up view captures each student working on different spelling words that he or she missed on a test. The graphic organizer constantly engages each child until mastery. . . . . . .
As spelling homework: Simon, a fourth grader, was assigned homework. He really didn’t mind the assignment of using and filling out a Fold & Flip Spelling System’s graphic organizer with seven of the words he’s been having trouble spelling. Once home and after a snack, he sits at the dining room table, and begins his spelling homework. First, he writes the correct spelling of his first word, “beautiful,” onto the graphic organizer’s first row (column one). Next, he spells the word out loud while looking at it, Check. Third, he recognizes the parts, or syllables, of the word, Check. He quickly finishes the learning steps with a fold, several flips, several checks, and his final correct spelling! Mom walks over from the kitchen to give him a “High-five”. Onto the next word . . . . .
With partners: Mr. Encore, a renowned third-grade teacher, spent the last two spelling sessions teaching all his beloved students the Fold & Flip Spelling System. Students are most enthusiastic and ready to apply what they learned to the words they missed on their pretests. Minutes later, students, partnered-up at their desks, take turns monitoring each other as he or she goes through the eight steps of learning their missed words.
Mr. Encore walks around observing, praising and encouraging. He reassures Henry, because he just missed his first word after seven steps. However, soon the young man works on the next row with the same word, but this time with a little color-coding. Within a minute’s time, the class hears, “Yes!” from Henry.
I now pass the Fold & Flip Spelling System (which helped hundreds of my students) onto you, hoping it becomes a powerful tool in your own spelling program.
The “Fold & Flip Spelling System” includes the following;
• Instruction of the eight-step spelling part of the F.F.S.S.
• Resource sheets with diagrams, illustrations, and examples
• Guided practice pages with answer-key sheet
• Instruction using the Fold & Flip graphic organizer with the spelling steps
• Guided practice directions incorporating the graphic organizer
• Detailed Fold & Flip graphic organizer for guided practice use
• Example of a completed Fold & Flip graphic organizer
• Two different-sized Fold & Flip graphic organizers ready for use!
• A two-day(or session) Lesson Plan coordinated with all of the resources and
Until Next Time,