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Lesson Planning—Tools for planning and development of spelling instruction.
Printable Dolch sight word lessons by grade level, including word walls, practice sheets, and stories. Teachers can enter personalized spelling lists and the website creates custom worksheets and puzzles for classroom use. Annual subscription required to access personalized versions of printouts.
Fun With Phonograms:
Printable chart showing manuscript letter and number formation using color-coded strokes and verbal cues.
Patti’s Electronic Classroom:
Lesson plans for teaching phonemic awareness through activities such as syllable segmentation, sound isolation, and making words.
S.C.O.R.E. In the Classroom:
Detailed phonemic awareness and phonics lesson ideas, including segmentation, blending, making words, and rhyming. Also includes stories with questions for students to answer on-line.
A Discovery Approach to Investigating Language Patterns—Interactive mini-lessons and activities help students master more advanced phonics skills, such as word analysis. Joyce Cockson & Sarah M. Fornar, Creative Teaching Press.
28 Rules For English Spelling:
Changing the way people think about teaching—Writing, Spelling, Reading, and Thinking. The Riggs Institute.
Decoding Multisyllabic Words:
Spelling lesson introduces students to multisyllabic words, common syllable spelling patterns, and closed syllables.
Discovery Education unitedstreaming:
An on-line collection of standards-driven, research-based videos, images, songs, lesson plans, and more, searchable by grade level, subject area, curriculum standard by state, and media type. Paid subscription required to access website. Product overview, including links to demonstration video and key benefits can be found by selecting the Product Info link at the top of the page. A free thirty day trial membership registration form is avalilable.
Four Blocks Literacy Model:
Identifies and describes the four foundations of literacy: guided reading, self-selected reading, writing, and working with words. Offers ideas for incorporating these strategies in the classroom. Includes a sample spelling mini-lesson and links to research and related materials. Detailed descriptions and teaching ideas can be found by clicking on each of the colored blocks.
Literacy Teaching Ideas:
Printable spelling-related activities, games, and teaching ideas, including spelling phoneme charts, word family spellings, and frequently misspelled word lists.
Read Write Think:
A collection of over two hundred lesson plans that reinforce spelling skills. Includes activities related to familiar children’s literature, phonics development, and spelling patterns.
Sound & Phonogram Charts:
Charts show seventy phonograms that represent the forty five sounds of the English language, including examples of words that fit into each category. A collection of teacher-created classroom activities to boost student retention of spelling words.
Spice Up Your Spelling Lessons:
Lesson plans and resources for teaching spelling and preparing for spelling bees. Includes Earn Spelling Points!, a lesson that gives individual students power to create their own weekly spelling plan from a list of assignments; Soccer Spelling, an activity that uses a printable soccer game board to help students practice spelling words; and lists of grade-leveled spelling words.
Reading and writing lesson plan ideas and related links, including activities that focus on spelling, word walls, vocabulary, grammar, handwriting, phonics, sight words, and more.
A phonetic spelling system that associates the forty phonemes of the English language into only forty spellings using Truespel. See a chart containing the forty phonemes and examples of traditional and Truespel spellings of words. The on-line Translator converts any webpage or text between traditional and Truespel spellings, a useful tool for teachers of native and non-native English Speakers.
Jan Brett’s Home Page:
Well-known children’s book author offers printable and on-line games, flash cards, charts, and student worksheets featuring Dolch and high frequency word lists, phonograms, handwriting practice, and student activities. Printable pages beautifully illustrated with characters from her stories.