These materials are inspired by the Beth Newingham's word study unit she has designed, but it is altered and more manageable for my classroom. Her unit has an allotted time for spelling instruction daily and in my district there isn't a specific time for explicit spelling instruction. With that being said, these resources take minimal time from classroom instruction. Practice is incorporated into one reading center, morning work, and homework. The initial day to introduce the words takes about 20 minutes and the final day of testing takes about 15 minutes. That's a total of 30 minutes a week. The students have a word study folder that helps keep them organized - I will show more of this as I develop a unit. Please let me know what you think - This is ONE week's worth of materials. The full year plan would include about 30 lists, which would last 30 weeks.
OVERVIEW on how I incorporate Word Study in my class:
Day 1 - Give new word study list. Introduce new words and rule(s). Word Wall cards are displayed and the students sort them as part of the introduction lesson before I give them the sounds we will be working on for the week. Decide whether the student gets the regular list (#1) or challenging list (#2) based on pretest given on day five. Give students Tic-Tac-Toe form for the assignments for the week. Have students select the five high frequency words (these words are from a pretest given at the beginning of the year - more info will come about this).
Day 2 - Have students work on assignments during morning work, reading centers and/or homework.
Day 3 - Have students work on assignments during morning work, reading centers and/or homework.
Day 4 - Have students work on assignments during morning work, reading centers and/or homework.
Day 5 - Collect all assignments. Give both tests depending on the list the student was given.
***Here's my blog post about the unit: http://www.24-7teacher.blogspot.com/2012/06/word-study-work-unit-in-making-sample.html
***I have added 5 new lists to TPT. I am still working on the entire unit. My goal is to create two new lists every week.