Developmental Spelling Inventory...

Oct 11, 2009 by

Richard Gentry developed an inventory, sometimes called the “monster test”, which is a quick and effective way to determine a child’s developmental spelling stage.  For complete directions and other resources follow the links below. Directions for Developmental Spelling Assessment Download Blank Inventory Form Share...

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Sound Boxes

Oct 11, 2009 by

I have found this technique to be extremely effective with my young spellers who have not developed full phonemic awareness.  It helps them train their ears to hear each part of a word and eventually be able to represent each sound with a written letter.  View a slide show demo of sound boxes. Draw a rectangle with three boxes. Say a familiar word composed of three sounds such as cat, sun, dog, pan. It is helpful to show children pictures of these objects. (I cut short vowel pictures from an old phonics workbook and laminated them). The child says the word, stretching out the sounds. The child pushes a chip into each box as he says the sound. It is important to note that the boxes represent sounds (phonemes) not letters. The words cake...

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Have-a-Go at Spelling

Oct 10, 2009 by

Have students circle several words from a rough draft that may be misspelled. Ask them to “have a go” at spelling the words again. Encourage them to visualize the word, spell it like it sounds, or spell it by analogy to a spelling pattern they already know.  This is a common spelling strategy used by good spellers.  Good spellers will write a word several ways to see which one “looks right.” Download Have-a-Go Sheet Share...

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Look-Say-Cover Flip Folder Spelling Study Technique...

Oct 10, 2009 by

This is an effective study technique for practicing new words. I put a 3-column sheet (download below) on the back of my students’ weekly spelling homework assignment and ask them to write their words in the first column. Download Form Later in the week students use these sheets to complete the Look-Say-Cover Flip Folder review activity.      These photos show flip folders that came with my spelling series one year.  Before these were available to me, I made my own out of file folders.  Follow this link and scroll down for directions to make your own flip folders. Share...

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