Help your students think through spelling words with this adorable visual reminder available in full and half sheet sizes. When students have a process for spelling they will be more successful producing words correctly. You will want to use different combinations of posters depending on the types of words you are spelling:
Basic Spelling Process:
•Look and Listen – Students watch the teacher as the word is spoken.
•Echo – Students repeat the word. Mirrors can be used so students can see their mouth move.
•Unblend – Students stretch the word out and isolate each sound.
•Name and Write – Students name each letter as they write on paper, dry erase board, in the air, etc.
•Code – Students code the word with phonics symbols. This is often when they notice spelling errors that they can correct. (Note that the poster is simplistic with only two code marks. This is meat to serve as a visual reminder.)
•Read – Students read the word.
Spelling Words With a Rule: (K, C, CK, J, G, S, etc.)
The process begins the same, Look and Listen, Echo, Unblend.
•I,M,F or B,M,E – Students identify where the targeted sound is in the word – Choose which poster fits your classroom needs: Initial, Medial or Final or Beginning, Middle or End. For example, in the word “kit,” /k/ is in the initial/beginning position of the word.
•Before or After? – Students think about what happens before or after the targeted sound. For example, in the word “kit,” /i/ is after the /k/.
•Rule? – Students explain what rule they will use to spell the word. For example, in the word “kit,” they will use K because it comes before I.
Continue the process with Name and Write, Code and Read.
Spelling Words With a Suffix:
Use this process to spell words with suffixes. This helps students because adding a suffix to a word may change the spelling of the base word. The process begins the same, Look and Listen, Echo.
•Base Word – Suffix – Students identify the base word and then the type of suffix – vowel or consonant. Choose the poster that best fits your classroom needs. Suffixes are coded with a box. The final poster gives students the visual vowel and consonant reminder used in this free resource.
•Rule? – Students explain which suffix rule they will use to spell the base word.
Continue the process with Unblend, Name and Write, Code and Read.
This set is also available in black and white.