Monday, October 17, 2011
Spelling Starts this Week!
Today was the first time the children received spelling lists to study. Mondays will be reserved for "Spelling-Go-Round" activities, which provide fun ways to practice their words. Today, for instance, we decided that:
1) Writing words in the air with a finger would earn 20 points
2) Writing each word in a fancy or artistic way earns 30 points
3) Creating a word search with all of their words was worth 50 points as was
4) Writing each word in a pyramid (see example below)
5) Teacher quiz was a bonus of 10 points
I challenged each child to earn at least 100 points in the 30 minutes or so we spent with spelling. Their lists now reside in their cubbies (fingers crossed), but if you can't find them, please email and I can provide an extra copy. A little extra practice at home during the week is usually helpful, although I am hoping that it is only for a word or two. You can certainly use some of the activities I do in the classroom, or simply use those car rides to and from school for a refresher.
Oh, and here is an example of a pyramid word:
c a t
I am using a combination of common sight words and word family or spelling-rule words (phonics), with the goal of increasing confidence in writing and using strategies to figure out how to spell new words.