There are a few variations of Spellamadoodle going around. The one I use and find beneficial for my age level (1st grade) is where we discuss each word one at a time. For example, if our first word in our WONDERS Spelling for Unit 1.1 is 'man', we draw a man. I tell my students to NOT focus on making your picture perfect and detailed. The goal isn’t art, the goal is to get the picture in your mind and doodling it down on your paper. Then write man / man / man / man / all around the picture of the man. As we write we are saying the letters m – a – n / man (again) m – a- n / man (repeat) until you are back to the starting point of your writing.
I have decided to make “pre-drawings” for the entire Unit 1. I don’t want the Spellamadoodle focus to be on the drawing/doodling aspect, I want it to stress the spelling and with first graders they will want to focus on the drawing, which will come easier for them, compared to the printing. So with that being said, Unit 1 has interpreted drawings for each word. The remainder Units the students will be in charge of doodling their own representation of the word. Keep in mind there can be additional meanings of some words. Talk about that. Example being “can” from Unit 1.1.
Students will more likely understand and use their spelling words more frequently in their writing if they know what their spelling words mean, the definition. Help students visualize their words, the more they understand them, the more they use them, everyone knows the more they use them the more automaticity occurs.