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Jefferson

Elementary School

Word Work

Spelling will look AND feel different within our classroom this year.

Traditionally, we have had a spelling curriculum that each classroom teacher followed and guided their students by. However as expectations shifted to standard-based instruction, we found that our curriculum was not the best fit for the new standards that were handed down to us from the national and state government. This does not mean that we no longer will have spelling, just that it might not be as we've become accustomed to.

In the past students would receive a list of words to study and then be quizzed on those words at the end of the week. Studies found that many students did an excellent job and scored admirably on the test,  but were then unable to transfer the knowledge to other content areas; such as their day-to-day writing.

In trying to find a course of action for us this year, we will be identifying students' spelling pattern strengths and weaknesses through routine "inventory" assessments. Depending on where a student's needs are determined, the will receive word sorts that they will work with each week. The week will not be a Monday through Friday pattern, but instead fit within our six-day cycle so that I am better able to meet each groups' needs.

The students will receive their "sorts" on their specific cycle day and then have expectations within our language block to practice working with that spelling pattern. Expectations that I will have are sorting words according to which spelling pattern is creating the designated sound, writing the words, using them in a sentence, transferring their
acquired knowledge of those patterns that create the focused sounds, and then finally assessing their proficiency in the focused area.

If you have any questions, please don't forget to e-mail me or contact me.  

Mrs. Flynn

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