The Words Their Way program encourages differentiating word study based on a student's understanding of spelling patterns, but assessing students on multiple lists in a limited amount of time can be challenging. The assessments included in this item make differentiating for word study much more manageable. The assessments measure students' knowledge of a spelling pattern in the context of a sentence. Each spelling word is used in a sentence and is either spelled correctly or incorrectly. The student's task is to identify the misspelled words and spell them correctly. Around half of the words are spelled incorrectly on any given assessment. I find this to be a much more authentic and realistic assessment of their spelling skills. THESE ASSESSMENTS ALIGN WITH THE 2009 EDITION OF WORDS THEIR WAY.
This style of assessment applies spelling skills in a much more real-world style. Students aren't writing words in isolation like they do with a traditional spelling test, but instead are looking for spelling errors is if they were editing a paper they had written. My students are able to complete these assessments in around 15 minutes, allowing me time to complete other learning tasks.
There are blanks provided for students to write the corrected spelling word right on the page, and answer keys for all spelling assessments are included. This makes it easy for you, an aide, or even a parent volunteer to correct the assessments.
I have also included printable spelling lists for each of the lessons. There are two lists per page to save on paper. I have students keep this list to refer to throughout the week as they complete tasks from a spelling menu and for use as a study tool.
This free two week sample includes the word lists, assessments, and answer keys for lessons 1 and 2 of the Syllable Affix level of the Words Their Way program.
I hope that you will give this type of assessment a try. I know that it makes differentiating spelling in my classroom much more manageable, and I believe it can provide the same benefit for you. If you find it useful, please come back and visit my store. I have created the same style of assessment and lists for all of the Within Word and Derivational spelling lessons as well. I have free 2 weeks samples for these levels of the Words Their Way program as well, so you can try all three levels before you decide if you want to make a purchase.