"Spelling by Topics" - Spelling Curriculum for the School Year

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Welcome to "Spelling by Topics"!

This spelling curriculum is designed for 4th grade. It includes spelling word lists and homework assignments for 33 weeks. I used "Spelling by Topics" successfully with my 4th graders for many years. It is also appropriate for high-level 3rd graders and some 5th grade students. The download also now includes two bonus words and a spelling dictation sentence for each lesson.

I researched many spelling programs and lists and found there is a wide variety of words used for fourth grade. So, when selecting words, I went by the needs of fourth grade students. The words have been categorized into 31 topics. Spelling success is important, and I believe students learn best when their spelling words are relevant and meaningful to them.

Each spelling lesson contains 20 words - except List 5 contains 25 homophones.

Students will be doing various activities with their spelling words. These activities include categorizing their words, putting their words in alphabetical order, illustrating their words, dividing the words into syllables, using their words in sentences and in creative writing and more. An answer key is provided for each lesson.

Parents love having all of the spelling lists and homework assignments for the year in a folder at home. An 18-page packet will give each student all that is needed to complete the spelling homework at home throughout the year. Students use notebook paper for their answers, so there will be no need for weekly copying. Each Friday, students bring their completed homework pages back to school to turn in before the spelling test.

You will receive an extensive "Letter to the Teacher" in the download for tips and guidance.

Listed below are the 33 topics (or themes) in the spelling program with some words from the first 24 lessons. This will give you a sampling of words from the program.

List 1 - PEOPLE: babysitter, people, grandparent, teenager, family (4th graders often misspell 'family' as 'famly')...
List 2 - HOME: dishwasher, vacuum, faucet, downstairs...
List 3 - FOOD: sandwich, almonds, chicken, potatoes...
List 4 - COMMONLY MISSPELLED WORDS: because, favorite, once, enough...
List 5 - HOMOPHONES: through, threw, there, their, they're, choose, chews...
List 6 - ANIMALS: porcupine, cheetah, reptile, octopus, oyster, rattlesnake...
List 7 - BODY & HEALTH: vitamins, helmet, kneecap, fingernail...
List 8 - OUTDOOR PLACES & THINGS: rainforest, bridge, ocean, countryside...
List 9 - MONTHS & DAYS: Wednesday, season, vacation, September, February, January...
List 10 - NUMBERS & MATH: subtraction, rectangle, calculator, thousand...
List 11 - SINGULAR TO PLURAL: paintbrush, paintbrushes, tomato, tomatoes...
List 12 - SOLAR SYSTEM: telescope, spacesuit, Jupiter, Venus, meteorite, Neptune, Uranus...
List 13 - LOCATION & POSITION: northeast, overhead, backwards, above (many misspell above as 'abuve'),...
List 14 - MONEY & MEASUREMENT: purchase, expensive, gallon, dozen, tablespoon...
List 15 - LANGUAGE ARTS: dictionary, magazine, opinion, poetry, question, alphabet...
List 16 - SCIENCE: microscope, gravity, fossil, invention...
List 17 - SPORTS: practice, scoreboard, baseball, touchdown, referee...
List 18 - TIME: afterwards, stopwatch, tomorrow, hourglass...
List 19 - PLACES & EVENTS: hospital, downtown, factory, supermarket, office...
List 20 - TRANSPORTATION: motorcycle, windshield, gasoline, canoe, bicycle...
List 21 - JOBS AND CAREERS: manager, dentist, waitress, plumber...
List 22 - SMALL CREATURES: dragonfly, larva, scorpion, wasp, mosquito...
List 23 - TECHNOLOGY: desktop, program, password, icon, Internet, headphones...
List 24 - HELPFUL OR HARMFUL: recycling, bullying, infection, pocket, coupon...
List 25 - MUSIC: instrument, trombone, conductor, solo, guitar, saxophone...
List 26 - WEATHER: thunderstorm, raincoat, downpour, breeze, tornado, forecast...
List 27 - PLANTS
List 28, 29 - VERBS
List 30, 31 - ADJECTIVES
List 32 - CONTINENTS & COUNTRIES
List 33 - SOCIAL STUDIES

This is a stand-alone program....however, am excited to be working on a supplement to this curriculum. I am making optional crossword puzzles, word shape boxes, and word searches to go with the spelling lessons. These will provide both an introductory activity for students, as well as extra practice. If I have your contact information, I can let you know as soon as it's available.

Have a great school year!

Irene Rainwater
Rainwater Teaching Tools
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62
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1 Year

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"Spelling by Topics" - Spelling Curriculum for the School Year
"Spelling by Topics" - Spelling Curriculum for the School Year
"Spelling by Topics" - Spelling Curriculum for the School Year
"Spelling by Topics" - Spelling Curriculum for the School Year
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