“How do you spell...?” That is the question we hear again and again from our students, especially at the beginning of the school year! Using a Student Dictionary or Writing Resource Book is a great way to build confidence, increase independence, and support students with the writing process.
This writing resource includes 4 different cover options ("Spelling Dictionary" or "Writing Resource Book" with boys/girls), lists of high frequency spelling words from A to Z, space to write additional words, and lists of commonly used theme words for each month of the year.
As we introduce writing routines the first few weeks of school, I also teach and model how students will use their dictionaries. When students want to write a word they don’t know how to spell, they must look it up in their dictionaries first. If the word is listed, they copy it and continue with their work. If the word is not listed, they sound it out, write it to their best ability, underline it, and continue working. At this point they may still be tempted to ask, “How do you spell...?” It’s so hard to wait!
Rather than assisting every student every moment, they are asked to wait until their next writing conference. Then, during writing conferencing or small group, students bring their dictionaries along, discuss any challenging new words, add the words to their dictionaries, and correct their writing. I’ve found that setting these expectations from the beginning allows us to spend much more time writing rather than fixating on spelling. Sometimes students are able to figure out the words without any assistance; other times we may have a quick mini lesson to address the concern. This also allows me to focus my instruction based upon struggles with particular words or patterns.
This Student Dictionary Writing Resource Book supports Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5
I hope you enjoy this learning resource! Check out my Writing Journal Freebie as a perfect complement to the Student Dictionary!
Thank you ~Snippets from Second