Are you looking to differentiate your weekly spelling or simply looking for additional words for your advanced spellers? Attached are a complete year's worth of spelling lists to accompany the Reading Street Common Core Edition Grade 3 reading series.
Included you will find: 30 spelling lists (editable in Word), one per weekly selection. Each list will have 30 words. The first 15 words are the selection spelling words straight from the program (grade level spelling list). The next 15 words are for advanced spellers (challenge/advanced list). Words 16-20 are the challenge words from the weekly selection. Words 21-30 are additional challenge words that focus on the weekly spelling pattern/skill.
How do I use these lists? I give a pretest for the first 15 words on Monday. Any words missed will be highlighted on the student's spelling sheet. These become their weekly words. The number of words they get correct on their pretest determines how many words I highlight from the second column. If they only get 3 words correct on their pretest, I only highlight 3 words from their challenge list. (I always have 1 or 2 super spellers that need the entire advanced list each week). I also highlight the numbers on their weekly test paper (also found in my store) to make my life easier come test day.
How do I grade the tests? All list 2 words count as bonus points for me since I only grade based on how they did on list 1 (grade level expectation). If they had 3 words correct on their pretest, that counts towards their grade. If they got the remaining 12 words from list 1 correct on their test, they get a 100%. Any challenge words correct count as bonus points. I make sure to communicate to parents that it is still important to study the challenge words because it help to instill a strong work ethic and teaches the students how to study more difficult things. I explain that if their child mastered words on the grade level list, then it is apparent that they needed a challenge that week.
(FOR MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS, YOUR SCHOOL SHOULD BE CURRENTLY USING THE SCOTT FORESMAN, READING STREET 2013 COMMON CORE EDITION.)