It's that time of year again when teachers are looking for new ideas to bring to their classrooms. As the new school year approaches, I find myself thinking about our spelling program (among a million other things)!
Research has shown that integrated approaches to spelling instruction will benefit students more than just rote memorization. At my school, spelling instruction includes a variety of integrated approaches such as:
- explicit instruction of irregular words
- study of word/syllable patterns
- word sorts
- application of spelling rules
- phonemic instruction
- instruction on prefix/suffix & root words
- spelling instruction connected with reading instruction
Moving to a new grade has given me a chance to consider how I can further support my students in their spelling acquisition. I have decided to implement weekly spelling contracts with my fourth graders this year as a way to solidify and extend the spelling instruction they receive. I chose to create spelling contracts which:
- are appropriate for independent practice
- hold students accountable
- provide differentiated activities
- allow for student choice
Consider using differentiated spelling contracts that promote student choice!
What approaches do you implement in your spelling program and how are you motivating your students to study spelling independently?
I would love to hear from you!
If you are interested in my spelling contracts you may follow this link to TPT.
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