Monday, March 31, 2014

New Spelling Words and Program

I am excited to announce our new team challenge spelling words!  I explained this to the kids today but we will turn our focus in spelling to root words these next few weeks in order to really understand meanings of words.

Every week students will be placed into teams of 4 or 5, they will be working as a team all week trying to prepare for the big challenge Friday.  Every day during writing we will have time to work on that day's challenge to help us learn the words.

 Make Sense Monday!  Students write down the root words, their origin, their meaning, and an example word that uses it.  They do this as a team but every child has to have it written down somewhere.  I have not dictated where they should write it down, I really want them to take responsibility.
Try It Out Tuesday - teams will do charades trying to get team members to guess the word they are acting out.
Word Jeopardy Wednesday - I have created a jeopardy game for students to compete in as teams.
Test Your Knowledge Thursday - Every team will be quizzing amongst themselves trying to get ready for Friday.
Flaunt It Friday - Students will be tested on the origin, meaning, and asked to provide an example of each root word.  Their team scores will be combined and averaged for an overall team score.

Students will not have spelling work to hand in but need to be ready for the test Friday.  Words will be tested in order since this is to test their knowledge, not their memorization.

The list for all students is:

  • Acro
  • Act
  • Aero
  • Agri
  • Alg
  • Amphi
  • Ambul
  • Ami
  • Ana
  • Andro

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