Category Archive: spelling

Three Favorite Word Wall Games

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  A well-planned word wall allows students to quickly access familiar high frequency words from word study instruction. As they are writing, they can simply glance up, find the word, and continue to write. With… Continue reading

How to Use the Word Wall: From a Student Point-of-View

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A short and sweet reminder, from a student point-of-view.

Brave Spelling

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How can we encourage our youngest writers to use brave spelling? How can we help them overcome their fear of getting it wrong?

Give It Your Best Try…And Move On!

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If you are a young kid, and you are trying to spell a word, what do you do?

Spelling + Drafting + 2nd Grade Writers

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My oldest daughter is a second grader and a whiz at spelling.  Every Friday she brings home a list of “Word Wall” words for the upcoming week and asks me to “quiz” her.  She… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Differentiation in Word Study

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I recall hearing about differentiated spelling words, for students in Word Study, the first time I visited the school I taught at in Rhode Island.  I was unsure of how it would be… Continue reading

Personal Spelling Words

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Sarah wrote: I’m a little behind in your posts, but I was wondering if you would be willing to share the type of spelling program you use with your students? We have a… Continue reading

Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook

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I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. (I’m only going… Continue reading

Spelling Help

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Need to assist a student who has trouble spelling while writing? Watch this video for a practical tool/tip entitled “My Fast Word Fixer.”

Spelling Sites

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I tend not to focus much on spelling when I write about the teaching of writing. However, I’m well-aware that using conventions properly is extremely important. Each week, my students have eight personal… Continue reading

Instead of fixing my kids’ spelling errors…

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Minimal Marking Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m trying a Vopat Editing Technique called “Minimal Markings.” It’s basically where you put check marks in the margin of a student’s paper, which signals them that… Continue reading

Answering Questions

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You asked… we answer! Often when someone posts a question on a post, Ruth or I write back to them individually. However, we’ve received six questions in the past few days whose answers… Continue reading

Customized Spelling Lists

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I’ve been grading my students’ personal narratives this morning using the rubric I created last month. That being said, I decided not to just grade their personal narratives, but also to use them… Continue reading