I was looking high and low for a method for my ELL students to compile the growing list of words they were learning through out the year. I was never able to find exactly what I was looking for, so through a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I designed My Interactive Mini-Spelling Dictionary.
Not to toot my own horn, but I love what I have produced. If this is distributed at the beginning of the year (or even in the middle of the year) students can reflect back on their work in June and see just how far they have come. “I came to XXX country and I barely knew any English, now all that I have learned can fill an entire book!” How cool is that? Also, all the clipart and fancy charts appeal to visual learners, helps enhance comprehension and looks pretty snazzy, too!
JUST TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S IN INCLUDED IN THIS 48 PAGE BOOKET!
The Word Bank portion of the book groups words by category and allows students to personalize each section by adding their own vocabulary
The following sections are featured in the Word Bank:
- All about me page
- Seasons, days, months, weather, family, occupations
- Locations, prepositions, directions
- Numbers, time, body parts, parts of the face
- Colors, adjectives, feelings
- Verb table (conjugations of simple past, simple present and past participles)
- Phonics action alphabet (I do a little dance to teach each letter and sound of the alphabet)
- High frequency words reading check list
- Letters A-Z with sample words for each letter along with space for students to include their own words
- Each letter has space for the student to practice writing each word and a space to draw the word in order to enhance comprehension
Although this Booklet was intended for ELL students, it would make an excellent addition to any lower elementary classroom. Just include or omit pages and customize it to your class for your students!