We start by having a weekly pretest based on certain spelling patterns and phonics rules. Any words the student gets incorrect goes into their word list of ten words for that week. If students get more than ten words incorrect, they pick the ten words they would like to focus on. If students only get three words incorrect, they fill in the rest of their list with words from their daily writing, daily reading, or from a list of commonly misspelled 5th grade appropriate words.
That way, every student has a list of ten words that fit their needs as readers and writers.
clock buddy to practice their words in any way that works for them. They have a menu of options, but can also come up with alternative ways to study. (
|"Weak hand" spelling is a favorite word work activity. |
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So far, this has been a fun, effective way for students to work on words that fit their needs.