This download includes 3 separate resources. 1 teacher copy(30pg) with documentation spots, 1 students copy(30pg) and 1 copy pre-k to 3rd words in alphabetical order for students to keep in their writing folder by grade level. This is used in writing as well as a practice of reviewing words in a different order. You can make a class set writing folder or for use as the writing center.
I have made a list of 1500 words students should know and spell within elementary school. The words are organized by 150 list. Each list has 10 words and gets harder with each list. The words can be used to differentiate instruction and as an ongoing record of student growth. The students can start working on list 1 as early as pre-k. I have used this with my K-1 students and it works.
I start the students out at the beginning of the year with what they know and I determine what list they are on. That will be their starting point and will have each list there after to work on each week. This will be their sight word list and spelling list for each week. The student makes index cards for review and will practice saying the word-spelling the word- saying the word. The students can use the index cards for games and practice. I also use the index cards and make sentences out of them just as the cards to show the students the words make sentences. For my struggling students I make sentence strips with the words they already know and add a few new ones of words they are working on until they know enough words to read independently.
I use it where my students don't move on to the next list until they have mastered the current list. This has been vital in documenting growth and challenging each student at there own level. My high kids are challenged and not just going through the motions of words they already know. My low students are learning their words and not being left behind by getting new words every week at current grade level regardless of mastery or ability. Each student needs to master the current list before moving on to the next list. Every Friday the the student comes up to me and I have them read me the index cards of the current list and then spell them when I give them the word. This will count as 2 test grades. 1 for reading and 1 for spelling. I like to highlight the words correctly read and date when the students has the word mastered. (See preview to see student list highlighted.)
I give the student the student copy of the list in a word folder and they practice with partners and at home. I test them on Fridays and see how much they have improved. Some students who have only 3 words before having the list mastered may want to practice the next list of words on the paper and some students practice all the words so they move faster through the lists. I am making this a competition this year that the student on the highest list will get a prize at the end of the year and the student with the most stickers get a prize. Each list completed with get 1 sticker for being read and 1 sticker for being spelled. So with up to 2 stickers each list the students are going to love trying to be the best!