How can you help students work independently with spelling certain words during writing? You teach them the phonics skills and have them look up the words in their word journals. The words found in this journal correlate with my Instant Word Lists, Tests, and Word Searches (coming soon). You can have students highlight words as they learn them and write down new words. This word journal can be implemented as a station during reading time.
• Print front and back cover separately on cardstock. You have the choice of black & white or color. Laminate for durability. (Or just print the black & white and let students personalize by coloring or decorating covers.)
• When printing journal pages: print front to back (if you have the option on your printer settings) or copy front to back. I used thicker copier paper (bright white 24lb paper) so that it would survive endless eraser marks and hard writing. Print pages 3 to 59 only.
• Bind your word journal together. Whatever system works best for you. I use GBC Proclick Personal Punch. The spines click in place which keeps papers from slipping out. You could use a regular binding system, hole-punch for folders or ½ binders, or just staple them together like a booklet.
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