Spelling & Word Work
All students will have an individualized spelling program this year, based their current ability level and areas they need to grow. We care about our writing and the people who read it, recognizing the importance of learning to spell words correctly and applying that to our daily writing!
Each week students will have 20 words on their list. The lists are comprised of “core” words (from colour groups) as well as “high frequency” words.
Students have been placed into either a blue, green and red group based on writing and spelling assessments. Each week the lists focus on a specific spelling pattern/rule. There is an assignment that will be distributed each Monday, which includes activities to practice the words, define them, apply them in sentences and use them in context. After students have completed the assignment the remainder of the week they are invited to use various word work materials to practice their list words during “word work” time.
High Frequency Words
In their binders students have 10 lists of high frequency words (50 words per list) that are often used in reading and writing. Students have been assessed on the first few lists already, and words they are able to spell correctly have been highlighted. Each week students will select the remainder of their list words from the high frequency list they have not yet mastered.
(Core Words + High Frequency Words=20 list words)
The goal of my spelling/word work program is to have students practice correct spelling and apply it to their daily writing. Each student list is different, so every Friday (or Thursday if Friday is a holiday) students will “buddy test” each other on their words. They will receive a mark out of 20 and will graph it on a bar graph in their binders to monitor their progress and growth.
The weekly core lists (colour groups) and high frequency words are posted on Spelling City. Your child can practice their spelling words at home using this website/app as it generates games and activities for them to play using their list words. The username is on their blue computer cards that were sent home last week. This is a class username and not specific for each student.
Each week you will see your child’s list words written in their agendas (on the right side). I encourage you to practice these words with your child or help them use Spelling City if they need the extra practice.
If you have any questions about the spelling program please email me or send me a Remind message!