(12) Spelling Menus (January- December)
Supplemental Pages to support activities
Wide variety of spelling activities
Two versions to choose from
Less than $1 a month menu
There are so many fun ways to practice spelling words. Writing in sand, creating with Play-Doh, stamping on paper, finger spelling in the air, and much, much, more! I love all these ideas, the various ways to approach spelling patterns, especially for those students who thrive from a more “hands on approach.”
On the contrary, I created the spelling menus with something else in mind … accountability, understanding, and interest. I wanted to know for sure that my students were completing assignments (the accountability) , they were understanding the spelling pattern they were practicing, and that they weren’t getting bored repeating the same spelling activities over and over.
One activity, writing BLIND, lends itself to concentration. Students are concentrating and visualizing the letters and word patterns as they write. Using an opposite hand to write with, where fine motor skills are less developed, promotes a slower speed, encouraging more thought into writing (better understanding).
The last thing I wanted was for my students to be bored. Therefore, I staggered the activities so that students are not repeating activities. You might see MONEY one month and not see it again for 2-3 months.
I have provided you with two versions of spelling menus (my version and a flexible version). My version includes my expectations, while the other version is blank at the bottom, allowing for personalization.
You will find supplemental pages, such as the SCRABBLE & WORD VALUE activities, that are necessary for your students to have in order to complete the spelling menus. My students have a copy of these pages in their homework folder as well as their classroom writing folder.
My student homework folders are Clear View 3 Ring Binders. I place the menu in the back on the binder (clear view area). I encourage my students to try different activities, and sometimes assign specific activities for differentiation.
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