Need a spelling and word study program that makes sense?
Want your students to learn sight words other than by rote memorization?
Feel like giving your reading program a boost?
Craving something simple that’s print and go for the year?
Looking for something that’s research-based?
Spelling That Makes Sense word study program does ALL of that and MORE!
1. Comprehensive list of ALL spelling patterns K-5th (so you will know what spelling skills your students should know when they come to your grade level and what they will be asked to learn next year)
2. 44 Sounds for Spelling –This is critical to understanding HOW to spell because we don’t read and write letters; we read and write sounds.
3. Sounds and Symbols explained – Beginning in Kindergarten students are taught that letters have a name AND a sound.
4. Phonological Awareness Developmental Levels – Phonological awareness deficits are the number one reason students misspell. Use this tool to help you know what to expect from students at each grade.
5. Phonological Awareness Screening Tool – For a more in-depth look at a student’s phonological awareness, give them this quick screening tool
6. Phonological Awareness activities for any book at every level of phonological awareness
7. Why is Spelling So Difficult? – A parent friendly handout on why spelling might seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be!
8. Letter to parents – A letter to parents that explains this unique way to teach, practice and assess spelling that may be different from other spelling programs and how they can help at home
9. Research Handout with quick plenty of data to support your efforts!
10. Top 10 Tips for Helping Students with Spelling
11. Activities/Ideas + Word Work Wheel – This is MAGIC! Spin the wheel, land on a color and choose an activity for your working with words block!
12. Spelling Homework Sheet – All of your student’s homework all on one page!
13. Matching Game – This is the best way to improve a student’s visual imagery for words
14. Classroom Word Chart – one of THE BEST ways to introduce your student’s to their weekly spelling pattern
15. Explanations in a “poster” type format for several of the orthographic rules taught throughout the K-5th program (even if your grade level doesn’t include the pattern!)
a. Name vs. Sound Rule
b. C/G Train Rule
c. Magic E Explained
d. “i before e” – a better explanation
e. Doubling Rule
f. Syllable Rules
g. When to drop the “e” when adding a suffix
h. Explanation of “Vowel Teams”/Two Vowels Go Walking Rule
i. Plural and Past Tense spelling explained
j. The Floss Rule
16. Four “Fouls” and Four “Fixes” of Word Study
17. Word Sorts – ideas for a variety of different ways to do word sorts
18. Qualitative Spelling Analysis – a tool to help look at what KIND of error a student is making in order to target instruction and practice in that specific area
19. Grade level spelling lists for the year – each list includes an explanation of the pattern and practice tips for that pattern
20. Grade level spelling tests for the year – students are tested in a variety of ways other than single word dictation
21. Test companion document for teachers when calling out words and sentences in the test
The most recent research in spelling has found that kids misspell based for three primary reasons: weak phonological awareness, poor visual imagery for words and scant knowledge of orthographic patterns. The Spelling That Makes Sense word study program teaches those three skills PLUS vocabulary and morphology (grammatical word endings, prefixes, suffixes, roots and stems). It is THE MOST comprehensive word study program available because it doesn’t focus on only one grade level, but how these skills develop over grades K-5th in order to ensure proficiency by the time students leave elementary school. While the word lists themselves make a tremendous difference in student learning, it’s the “how” of this program that is the miracle!
How is Spelling That Makes Sense different from other spelling or word study programs?
• The use of Fry's 1,000 sight words integrated throughout K-5th grade and WITHIN a pattern-based list (not separate words tacked on to the weekly list) which means that teachers do not have to teach two different sets of words.
• While some programs use a systematic approach with a few patterns, none are as comprehensive and integrated as Spelling That Makes Sense which targets the skills necessary for establishing a good foundation for reading AND spelling. This program also follows the developmental continuum for normal language development; not a stage based approach where some word skills (such as plural –s or past tense –ed) aren't learned until much later even though students have been speaking and reading them for quite some time!
• Some programs differentiate the word lists based on student achievement. Higher performing students get more complex words; lower performing students get less complex words. However, ALL students need exposure to the same basic spelling principles (ever wonder why some gifted readers are horrible spellers?). The differentiation takes place not in the "what", but the "how".
* Spelling That Makes Sense gives teachers a way to identify what aspect of word knowledge skill is weak by looking at spelling qualitatively; not just quantitatively. In addition, it outlines which activities and strategies work best for each type or error.
• Spelling That Makes Sense is based on a solid foundation of current research. It was also created by teachers for teachers who understand the complexities and constraints of life in the classroom!
* Quite simply, Spelling That Makes Sense lives up to its name... its logical and it just plain makes sense.
Specific to this set, the 1st grade list bundle includes…
Each list has 10 words
The 1st grade list includes 255 words from the Fry list of 1,000 sight words
1. Short vowel/when the vowel says his sound not his name: /a/ and /i/
2. Short vowel/when the vowel says his sound not his name: /o/ and /e/
3. Consonant digraphs: /th/ and /sh/
4. Short vowel/when the vowel says his sound not his name: /u/ and the sounds of /y/
5. Consonant digraphs: /ch/ and /wh/
6. Pattern Review – new words that feature the previously taught patterns
7. Initial /s/ clusters
8. Initial /l/ clusters
9. Initial /r/ clusters
10. Final /s/ clusters
11. Final /l/ clusters
12. Final /n/ clusters
13. Pattern Review – new words that feature the previously taught patterns
14. The Borrowers: “qu” and “x”
15. When the vowel says his name not his sound/magic “e”: /i/ and /a/
16. When the vowel says his name not his sound/magic “e”: /o/ and /u/
17. C and G Train
18. The Floss Rule
19. Pattern Review – new words that feature the previously taught patterns
20. When the vowel says his name not his sound/Two Vowels Go Walking Rule: /ee, ea/
21. When the vowel says his name not his sound/Two Vowels Go Walking Rule: /ai, ay/ and /oa/
22. Present progressive verb + ing
23. Vowel controlled /r/: /ar/ and /or/
24. Vowel controlled /r/: /er, ir, ur/
25. Pattern Review – new words that feature the previously taught patterns
26. Diphthongs/sliding vowel sounds: /oi, oy/
27. Diphthongs/sliding vowel sounds: /ou, ow/
28. Vowel digraphs: /au, aw/, /oo, oo/ and /ew/
29. Past Tense –ed
30. Plural –s, -es