A Spelling Study Strategy is designed for students to copy the words into the left-hand column of the blackline. This provides a model for study. Once the student is familiar with the words, he or she folds the column over on the dotted line. The teacher, classroom aide, or a fellow student then dictates the list for the student to write in the right-hand column. The student unfolds the paper and uses the copied list to check his or her spelling. Errors are rewritten correctly in the center area on the gray lines. Since the Pretest is designed to be given to students without having previously seen the words, it is not suggested for use in the Pretest. However, if a second trial test is given during the week, A Spelling Study Strategy could be used at that time. It can also be used by students who missed a few words on the Pretest and who need to study just those words.
We have included a section called Differentiated Instruction on the sidebar of the second page of each Teacher Edition lesson. This section shows the words that can be assigned to students who missed more than half of the words on the Pretest. These words are used in the first few sentences of each Review Assessment. You may want to consider assigning a reduced number of words. Sometimes having fewer words to study can relieve the anxiety that many struggling students feel about spelling. Try using some of the strategies and activities listed in Student Spelling Support to help those students throughout the week.
On a shortened school week it is still important to give the Pretest and allow students to self-correct their papers. After checking their papers, students may advance to the first page in their text. Simply have the students complete the workbook pages and omit any additional blacklines or activities. Give the Posttest at the end of the shortened week.
The readiness lessons provide a review of the letter-sound relationships introduced and practiced in kindergarten. This review helps students ‘tune-up’ their phonics skills after summer vacation.
Grading the dictation sentences is a matter of personal preference and may be based on the language arts skills of each particular class. Some teachers only count the spelling words within the dictation sentences, and others grade every word and punctuation mark. One option would be to grade the dictation sentences as extra credit.
In grades four through six, Vocabulary Words are a part of the list words. The student edition book gives substantial practice for students to learn both the meaning and the spelling of these words. Students are tested formally on the spelling, not the definitions of the Vocabulary Words.
Yes. The CD also contains the reproducible blackline masters.
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