When I first started Writing Workshop it wasn’t going as smoothly as I wanted. When I was conferencing with students it felt like every five seconds a student was asking me “How do I spell….” Then when students weren’t interrupting me, they were just sitting there not writing with the excuse “I didn’t know how to spell…” Then I created the Spelling Notebook!
Each student in my class gets a Spelling Notebook now, but I have also given them as a writing intervention for my struggling writers. I’ve found that soon other students start asking, “Can I have a spelling Notebook too?”
I tell my students only adults are allowed to write in them. These adults can be parents, assistant teachers, or you. This helps to make sure all words are always spelled correctly. When a child needs a word spelled, they first open their spelling notebook and look at the correct letter page. If the word is already there then they are able to continue writing without teacher assistance. If it is not there, then I will come over and write the word in the notebook. It is then in the notebook forever. I spend 10 seconds writing it rather than trying to spell the word out loud.
Every child’s Spelling Notebook is based on the words they need spelled most often. This is fitting because many children stick to the same topics: dinosaurs, family, or soccer. Some students need easier or harder words spelled too. The notebook is differentiated for each child’s needs.
Why are there two types of Spelling Notebooks in this packet?
There are two types of notebooks because teachers like different things! I now use the first type. I find that if I print some basic words that all students use then I don’t have to write them 20 times. It’s just for ease of use.
-When creating the notebooks, I staple them into a manila folder, and they are even allowed to go home.
- If there are words not on here you would like to add to all your student’s notebooks just create one copy as an original, write the word in pen, and then create the students’ copies. The word will now be hand written on each one.