|Students will be focusing on spelling within their
writing this year. I will not be giving weekly spelling lists on a
regular basis. Instead, each student will have a spelling book that I
have created that lists the
1500 most frequently used words in writing.
As a life long skill many of us do not have the need to recite the
spellings of many of the words in traditional spelling lists. That
is why I have chosen to focus on words that students will use all of their
lives while writing. Please use the guides at the end of this page
at home as a resource.
|No Excuse Words
|In each spelling book
there is a page designated to
No Excuse Words for each quarter. First quarter begins with 100
words. Many of these words are
homophones. In the back of the
spelling book is a homophone guide to help determine which form of the
word goes with the correct spelling. No excuse words are graded when
the students write anything for me across the curriculum. I will be
subtracting 20 points per misspelled no excuse word throughout the school
year. Please study this list of 100 words for the first nine weeks
of school rather than the traditional 20 word list each week!
|Each Wednesday the students will be responsible for
turning in a half page minimum written journal write in the journal that I
have made for them. More than a half page is acceptable, and I will
read it, but anything beyond the arrow on the page will not be included
in the grade for the week. I will correct EVERY misspelled word, but
I will only deduct 20 points for each incorrectly spelled No Excuse Word.
Students can use any resource they wish as to correctly spell words in
their journals. I encourage them to ask parents, teachers, as well
as each other for help in spelling words correctly in their journals.
No resource is off limits!
|Each Friday the students will be required to take a
"real life" spelling test. I will give them a story with 18 missing
words that they will have to fill in while listening to me read. I
will read the story three times through while the students fill in the
blanks with the words that I use to complete the story. They will
then have unlimited time to use their spelling books or a dictionary to
look up the correct spellings. They may not ask anyone for help.
This exercise will create independency in finding the correct way to spell
words, just as many of us have to do in real life situations.
|Throughout the week I will be teaching students
various spelling skills with words that go along with the reading
textbook. Many of the skills will be discussed in class and a
worksheet may be used to reinforce and practice each skill learned.
No Excuse Words - 1st Quarter
- 4th Quarter
1500 Most Frequently Used Words in Writing