After trying (and falling short) every year to manage Spelling lists, homework, and tests, I finally came up with a way to make this process easier. What I have learned after 8 years of teaching is that spelling lists/tests, unless executed incredibly well, are basically ineffective. Students memorize the words, take a test, then forget the words a month later.
Add to that the fact that students are at all differing levels, the process becomes that much more complicated.
As a result, I decided to start a new spelling process.And what this means for my class is…. NO MORE SPELLING LISTS!
Instead, each student has a spelling folder. I made a stack of copies of the attached sheet and place it in the folder. I teach them how to use it the first few weeks of school. Anytime they are writing, if they come across a word they don't know how to spell they turn to their spelling folder.
First, they record the word as they attempted it in their original writing. Then, they try it 2 different ways. At this point, they can check with one of 5 options: Teacher, Dictionary, a Book, the Classroom (word wall, posters, etc) or a Super Speller (other student in class). They now have the correct spelling and it is in their folder for the rest of the year.
I have so loved doing this because it reenforces students' use of spelling strategies. Students remember words they have recorded and have a constant tool on hand to help with their spelling. My parents support this fully as they were never a fan of spelling lists at home anyway! (ha!)
As a side note, though we use this in all subject areas, I have seen it used most often and effectively during writing class. (obviously) Enjoy!