Student Dictionary Editing Tool-Commonly Spelled Words and Themed Lists Gr. 2-3

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This personalized student dictionary includes 1,200 Commonly Spelled Words and 24 Themed Word Lists PLUS blank spaces for students to keep track of their personalized Words to Learn lists as you conference during Writer's Workshop. Give every student a copy or keep 5-10 copies in your writing center as an editing tool.

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*Notes for Teachers
*1,200 Common Word List (10 pages) - Alphabetized and numbered list with guide words - 1,000 most commonly used words in writing and variations of these words with common endings
Themed Word Lists:
*Calendar Words (Days of the week, Months, Holidays, Seasons)
*Human Body
*Sports and Games
*Holidays (Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Earth Day, Easter)
*More Holidays (Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter Holiday)


How I Use These in My Classroom:
Every student keeps one of these “Personal Dictionaries” in his/her resource folder which stays in his/her desk all year long. I introduce the personal dictionary during our first time editing a writer’s workshop piece.

I do not use a cover for the dictionary since a number of copies are already needed, but a cover is included if you would like one for your students. If you copy the entire packet (without a cover) front to back it requires 13 (front to back) pages per student. If you can’t use that many pages per kiddo, I highly recommend making a copy of the 1,200 Common Words pages (5 total front to back copies) for every student and then making 5-10 copies of the themed word lists to keep somewhere in your classroom,like your writing center, for students to reference. The themed pages are ordered by the lists my students typically use most, from calendar words to geography. There are 3 pages of holiday lists at the end of the packet but you should only need 2 since there are 2 versions of the 4th of July-Christmas page. One uses the term “Christmas” and the other uses “Winter Holiday” depending on how you typically refer to this time of year at your school.
How it works:
Students use their personal dictionaries when making final edits and proofreading their writer’s workshop pieces, as well as any time they need to spell something during another subject area like math explanations or writing in their reader’s response journals.

What I love about student dictionaries:
* Since every student has one of these at their desk, they always have a tool to help them whenever they might be tempted to yell ���How do you spell . . . ?”. These are great to use for editing tools during writer’s workshop or any other independent work time when you aren’t able to assist students with spelling.
* When we are working on anything involving writing and a student needs to know how to spell a word, I can just say “Look at #213,” and the student knows exactly what to do (Go check out #213 on the 1,200 word list).
* There are blank lines on every page of the 1,200 Common Words list so students personalize their dictionary by recording words they have needed to spell in their writing that might not be on the list or words they have shown need continued practice from spelling tests.
* There are a number of blank lines on the final page of the Common Words list as well as an extra page entirely of blank lines so students can keep track of the words they have needed to spell throughout the year in their writer’s workshop pieces in one place. Whenever a student needs a word spelled that is not on one of the lists, the teacher can write this correctly and start creating personalized Words to Learn lists for every student, which can be used for subsequent word work practice or reference for future writing pieces.
* The guide words at the top of every page on the 1,200 Common Words list are a good way to introduce this concept to students. All lists are in alphabetical order so words should be easy to find and students can practice their alphabetizing skills while looking for words they need.

I hope you find these to be useful in your classroom. Please contact me with any questions or suggestions. I would love, love, love your feedback!

Happy Writing,
Katie :)


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