These words are inspired by List 26 in the Words Their Way, Word Sorts for within Word Pattern Spellers resource book by Marcia Invernizzi. 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.
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 the Fry 1,000 High Frequency List) that they do not know how to spell. Have the students select words they use in their writing that they need to learn. As the students learn to spell the HF words, they highlight the word on the list. The link to Fry's words are included in the purchase.
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 6 word study lists on TPT - Check them out. I am still working on the entire unit with a total of 30 lists.