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This unit contains spelling lists and tests for an ENTIRE YEAR! No need to search anywhere else for your spelling words. This is the only stop you need.
Each monthly twenty-word spelling and vocabulary list is designed for upper grade students. With one list per month, students have ample time to study the spelling patterns and word parts to truly commit them to memory.
The first several words of each month make up Patricia Cunningham's Nifty Thrifty Fifty, which can be found in her book, Month by Month Phonics for Upper Grades. These are multisyllabic words that use common prefixes and suffixes. Studying these words gives students a greater understanding of words as they read, and allows for an expanded vocabulary in writing. Definitions of the prefixes, suffixes, and base words are included with each spelling list. Over the course of the year, students will gain understanding of many prefixes and suffixes using these special fifty words.
Each month also contains a few words that follow certain rhyming phonics patterns (ade/aid, eal/eel, oat/ote, etc.)
Finally, the lists cover commonly misspelled words, including contractions, compound words, homophones, and words with spelling changes in various forms.
Also included in this unit is a twenty-question quiz to accompany each month's list. Typically, ten multiple-choice questions require students to locate the correctly spelled. An additional ten questions usually ask students to work flexibly with the word parts studied this month. The final question of the quiz invites students to create their own neologism, or new word, by using the word parts covered this month. Kids love this part of the test! The test for April (the final month of the unit), is slightly different as all of the Nifty Thrifty Fifty have been covered by the end of March.
We are confident you will love this spelling and vocabulary program. Not only has it helped our students with correctly spelling common words, but it has simultaneously expanded their written and verbal vocabulary.
Happy spelling! -TopFloorTeachers