Are your students always asking you how to spell words during writing? My classes would always ask how to spell words no matter how many “Sound It Out/Stretch It Out” mini-lessons. Placing personal dictionary in my student’s Writer’s Workshop Folders has significantly decreased how many times I hear “Miss 27, how do you spell…?”
This list has 312 words including the top 300 Fry instant words. The words are alphabetized and separated into columns and spread over two pages.
Background themes include:
Gray and white chevron
Colorful polka dots
Turquoise cathedral windows
Simple black line boarder
Plain with words only
I print the sheets back-to-back and place it in a sheet protector. Then I stick it through the prongs in the student’s writing folder. After showing the students once how to use this dictionary sheet I rarely get asked to spell words. And when I do, another student is quick to chime in, “Why don’t you look it up in your dictionary? I can help you if you want.” (OK, they don't always offer to help, but the do *always* tell their classmates to look it up.)
Each week I have the students highlight (with a yellow crayon) our spelling/phonics words and our vocabulary sight words from the week.
Dolch words personal dictionary also available for FREE
Blank "Words I Use” personal dictionary available for FREE
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