There are four components of expert spelling: 1) Visual – knowing if a word looks right, 2) Sound – understanding how sounds connect to letters, 3) Meaning – recognizing and knowing the meaning of word parts and as children get older and 4) Historical – understanding how a word’s spelling relates to it’s origin or history.
“Word Worm” spelling practice reinforces the visual using word shape boxes. The more frequently a child is exposed to the form of the word, they more likely they will recognize if it “looks right.” Students who struggle with the sound spelling connection may be visual learners who could benefit from working with word shapes.
This is a complete set including worksheets for all weeks, all units of the 2nd grade year! And I hope the detail of the word worm's unique position each week holds a little extra interest for your kiddos throughout the year!
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