As the year rolls on our spelling patterns get more challenging. I want my students to have every chance for quality spelling practice because they need it daily in order to get enough time in to master it before the test. My focus has to be with my little readers, so I have a system in place to give my students a chance everyday for quality spelling interaction!
My solution to this issue is to integrate interactive activities into our guided reading rotations. Here’s me with a small guided reading group… (See how I am not worrying about spelling right now?)
While my group is reading with me, I have activities set to go for a week of spelling practice.
I have 5 different interactive activities in numbered drawers.
I always have a word sort but to be sure they are actually reading the words, Students must also match the picture to the words once the words have been sorted by pattern. That way I know they have to decode the word with the new spelling pattern.
Another activity we do with our words is build it, color it, write it. You can use letter tiles, stamps, or whatever you have for this one. I just placed boxes on the printables for any kind of building. Students color the spelling pattern or the vowel a certain color depending on what you want them focusing on that week.
A favorite activity is a dab it and write it book. I have 5 dollar store dabbers that I keep in the drawer with the books. Students can grab and go.
They love a marker so this trace, write, cut and match is a fun way to get practice. I have two different sheets in this drawer so they can practice both the AU and the AW.
Once students are more familiar with the words, they can pick, glue, and write sentences. This is a great activity to take a grade on. We work on our sentence writing as well as our spelling of the spelling words and word wall words on this one!
So how do you introduce the new words at the beginning of the week? I LOVE this part of our lesson!
way I introduce our new list of words is to play a game with them
around the rug whole group. I have the new words in a bucket and we play tisket tasket. This is just a song that I got from an old basal reading program. Students sing a song as they walk around the rug. When the song ends we pull a word out one at a time, we practice saying the new sound and then discuss unknown word meanings. This week with the AU AW sounds we had words like vault and law. These were great new words to define for impromptu vocab lessons!
When my students finish their interactive activities that correspond to our spelling pattern, the spelling practice does not stop there! Then they beg to get into our sight word sticks activities otherwise known as spelling sticks! Down in drawer 5 I keep our spelling sticks with different activities weekly for practice. (so super sneaky, no?)
On Wednesday this little cutie decided she wanted to do an extra spelling stick sort in her journal. I was so proud!