After much consideration and looking at student work, I decided that students would really benefit from a review of spelling structures, as they relate to short/long vowel patterns, word families and consonant blends.
For the next several weeks, your student will be bringing home words to strengthen and extend their spelling repertoire. For extra practice, here are a few things you can do at home to make the most of your child's time working on spelling.
Monday: Word Sorting
When your student brings home his or her words, have them cut them out. Reading each one out loud, they should work to find a way to sort the words. This can be based on the vowel sounds, the number of letters per words, compound vs. root words, etc.
Tuesday: NO Peeking Word Sort
Do a "no peeking" sort with your child. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud as your child listens. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error.
Wednesday: Written Sort
Assist your child in doing a written sort. The child should write their headers on a piece of paper. Then a parent should call out each word. The child should then write the word under the appropriate header.
Thursday: Practice Test
Do a practice test to prepare your child for the test. As you call out the words in a random order, your child should write them.
This website not only allows you and your child access to the week's spelling words, but also offers a range of activities and games that will help make studying spelling fun and engaging. To get started, be sure to click on your child's spelling group--Alligators, Butterflies, or Chameleons--to access the correct spelling list. Be sure to check out it out by clicking the button below!