One of the most challenging parts of teaching is when the students constantly ask how to spell a word. Not only is this frustrating to me, but students are not learning independence. To solve this little dilemma of mine, I created a spelling dictionary for my students to use in class. My spelling dictionary has high frequency words, page numbers, special word lists, and graphics to help with ABC order. I even added lines for students to add their own words, an over and over word list, and kid-friendly steps on how to find a word. In my own classroom, my students always take out their spelling dictionary (without even being prompted)!! Students show self-reliance, independence, and are applying dictionary skills. When you meet with parents during conference time, inform them of your strategies for helping students spell. You can even provide a spelling dictionary to be kept at home.
My Personal Spelling Dictionary by Alicia Lochridge
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