Word Study Information
Your child will be bringing home a collection of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class. Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered. These activities have been modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how to do them.
The following activities are ways you can help your child with spelling and reinforce what we are doing in school. There is no need to return any work or materials back to the classroom. These words need to be cut apart and sorted on Monday, saved and then used again each night. On Friday, your child will take a spelling/sort test on the words.
Monday: Introduce and sort new words
Homework: Your child will show you the sort from today’s class. Let your child do the sort and ask questions such as, “What do you notice about these words?” and “What is the same about their spelling?”
Tuesday: Blind Sort
Homework: Your child will sort the words again like yesterday. Then place the category words (underlined words) on the table. You will then scramble the words and call them out one at a time. Your child will point to the category in which the word belongs. Hand the word to your child to place in that column. Check the sort.
Wednesday: Speed Sort
Homework: Place the category words (underlined words) on the table. Scramble the rest of the words. Time your child as he/she sorts the words. Check the sort and add one second for each incorrectly sorted word. Rescramble the words, leaving the same headings (category words) on the table out. Time your child a second time. Your child should try to beat his/her first time.
Thursday: Writing Sort
Homework: Call out the words one at a time as your child writes the words in categories on paper under the correct category words (underlined words). Your child should not be able to see the words before writing them. This will help prepare for Friday’s spelling test.
Friday: Students will be assessed on the week's words.
20+ Ways to Practice Your Spelling Words at Home
- ABC Order- Write your words in alphabetical order.
- Rainbow Words - Write your words in three colors.
- Backwards Words- Write your words forwards, then backwards.
- Silly Sentences -Use all your words in ten sentences.
- Picture Words - Draw a picture and write your words in the picture.
- Story Words - Write a short story using all your words.
- Scrambled Words -Write your words, then write them again with the letters mixed up.
- Wordsearch -Make a wordsearch with a friend, then trade and solve. www.puzzlemaker.com
- Crossword - Complete a pre-made crossword puzzle. www.puzzlemaker.com
- Ransom Words - Write your words by cutting out letters in a newspaper or magazine and glue them on a paper.
- Pyramid Words - Write your words adding or subtracting one letter at a time. The result will be a pyramid shape of words.
- Delicious Words - Write your words in whipped cream, peanut butter, or anything you can eat! Bring in a note from a parent!
- Good Clean Words -Write your words in shaving cream on a counter or some other surface that can be cleaned safely.
- Dirty Words - Write your words in mud or sand.
- Pasta Words - Write your words by arranging alphabet pasta or Alphabits. Glue on paper or bring me a note from a parent and do on a table or counter at home.
- Reversed Words - Write your words in ABC order -backwards!
- 3D words - Use modeling clay rolled thinly to make your words. Bring a note if done at home.
- Create an Activity - Can you think of a fun way to do your spelling activities? Try it out!
- Puzzle Words - Use a blank puzzle form. Write your words on the form, making sure that the words cross over the pieces. Then cut them out. (Color if you wish.)
- Magazine Words - Use an old magazine or newspaper and find your word. Cut it out and glue it on paper.
- Cheer Your Words - Pretend you are a cheerleader and call out your words! (We will do this as a group activity.) Sometimes you'll yell, sometimes you'll whisper! If you want to do this at home with a parent, get them to send me a note that you've done it.
- Sound Words - Use a tape recorder and record your words and their spelling. Then listen to your tape, checking to see that you spelled all the words correctly.
- X Words - Write two words having one common letter so they criss-cross.
- Choo-Choo Words - Write the entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colors of crayon or ink for different words.
- Backwriting - Using your finger, draw each letter on a partner’s back, having the partner say the word when completed.
- Flashwriting - In a darkened room, use a flashlight to draw letters in the air.
- Newspaper Words - Search a newspaper page from top to bottom, circling each letter of a word as you find it.
- Secret Agent Words - Number the alphabet from 1 to 26, and then convert your words to a number code.
- Etch-A-Word - Use an Etch-A-Sketch to write your words.