Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Spelling Morning Routine Starting

We are starting a different spelling routine this week using the Words Their Way program.  I will model how to do these new routines throughout the week and next week students will be doing in on their own with my help.  Their spelling notebooks with their work will be due to me every Friday morning.  The spelling test will be 10 randomly selected words every Friday during resource time.

What follows is an explanation of the daily work:


Weekly Spelling Morning Work Routine

Monday Morning: Word Sort with your group or alone.
  1. Read the words from your sheet.
  2. Sort all of the words into categories.
  3. Write each spelling category in a different column in your notebook.
  4. Copy your spelling words in the appropriate columns in your notebook.           
  5. At the bottom of the sheet, explain what you learned about the words during this sort.
Example of a Correct Explanation
Example of an Incorrect Explanation
“I noticed that there are two ways to make the /ow/ sound. It can be spelled “ow” and “ou.”
“I noticed that there were a lot of long words on our spelling list.”

Tuesday Morning: Making Connections
  1. Choose 4 of your spelling words. For each word, make a connection to four NEW words (that are NOT your spelling words) based on sound, spelling pattern, etc.
  2. The connection can be about beginning sounds, ending sounds, how many syllables, short vowels, long vowels, or words that rhyme with your spelling word.  See the sheets in this packet for examples of good connections you can make with spelling patterns!
  3. Staple the sheet to your notebook.

Wednesday Morning: Writing Choice
All work should be in your spelling notebook.
Choice #1: Sentences
Write five sentences using at least 1 spelling word per sentence. Underline your spelling word in each sentence.  Make these sentences good quality! 
Choice #2: Story
Write a short story using at least 5 of your spelling words. Underline your spelling words in the story. Make this story at least five sentences long.
Choice #3: Definitions
Choose five spelling words to define. Underline your spelling word in each sentence.  Make these sentences good quality!  (Correct example: A smock is a type of shirt you wear over your clothes to protect them from getting messy during an art project.) (Incorrect example: A smock is a shirt.)

Thursday Morning: Buddy Check
1. Find a buddy at school
2. Tell your buddy to read each word to you. As your buddy reads each word, write it down in your notebook – see template for how it should be set up.
3. After your buddy has read all the words, YOU check them over.  If the word is correct, put a star next to it.  If a word is spelled incorrectly, circle it. Have your buddy read the incorrect words to you again. Write those words in the second column labeled “Try Again.”
5. For any words you misspelled on the first try, write them correctly (you can look at your word list) in the third column labeled “Correct Spelling”.  Circle the parts of the word you need to remember.  Write your scores at the bottom of each column.

Ideas adapted from Mrs. Broski

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