Students will be asked to practice "word study" words at home. Students will be assessed at the end of each term.
This years spelling will be differentiated – each student will work at their own pace. These words were chosen as each list is arranged sequentially by spelling stage.
Families are encouraged to work with their child to spell these words several times each week, one list at a time. Practicing these lists of words will assist with spelling in their writing activities, as well as increase their phonetic knowledge in reading.
When you are doing your home reading in the evenings, it would be beneficial to take a few minutes to practice “their word study words”. It is important that this practice time is fun…your child can write the words on paper, on a chalkboard, or on the wall of the bathtub (with soap crayons of course). Your imagination is the only limit.
Using visual, as well as audio, clues is helpful to the development of long term memory and so we encourage you to help your child read the words aloud as well as write the words in lower case letters. Research shows that teaching a child how to spell, instead of just what to spell is the most effective way for them to learn.
You might notice that our word lists tend to focus on specific phonetic rules and patterns. Knowing these blends, rules and patterns will help your child learn, not only how to spell these particular words, but also how to apply what they have learned to other words that they would like to spell.
These are spelling strategies that your child will gradually begin to transfer to his/her independent writing. As teachers, we know that rote memory (while important) is not always the best or most effective way to learn. The most successful students use a variety of methods to remember material.
STEPS: 1.Begin with list 1 and continue as appropriate in sequential order. 2.Keep this duo-tang with your child's home reading, so I can see your child’s progress day to day/week to week. 3.Use a highlighter and highlight the words your child is able to spell so I can keep track of their progress. 4.Students advance through each list at their own pace. 5.Feel free to add lined paper to this duo-tang to practice words. GOALS: GRADE 1 STUDENTS: TERM 1 ~ lists 1-8 TERM 2 ~ lists 9-17 TERM 3 ~ list 18
GRADE 2 STUDENTS: TERM 1 ~ lists 1-12 TERM 2 ~ lists 13-22 TERM 3 ~ lists 23-34
ASSESSMENT TIMEFRAME1st two weeks of Nov1st two weeks of March1st two weeks of July
Students are encouraged to go beyond the term goals if they are ready.
Students will be assessed on a random day in the timeframe specified of 15 random words from the noted lists for that term.