How can we support students who may be frustrated with spelling while keeping it fun for the students who find spelling to be very easy?
Each week, for my fourth and fifth grade students, I would assign 10 of the 200 most commonly misspelled words. I put the tricky homophones together, like one week was to, two, and too and another week was there, their, and they’re. If I didn’t put them together on the list, it would become “This is the week for two Os in too.”
We took a pretest Monday and shared strategies for knowing how to spell words that sound the same, completed a puzzle Tuesday, practiced with a friend Wednesday, played Sparkle on Thursday, and finished the week with a posttest.
Of course, I would support individual students using other strategies that helped them learn their spelling words.
What’s the Sparkle game played on Thursday? A great game that lets kids who struggle with spelling occasionally knock out the kids who never do. It’s fun because the game goes fast and students who sit down soon get to stand back up again.
I found a blog post by Denise that explains the game. Her example is skip counting but there’s more, like spelling, in her variations at the bottom of the post. She’s a TPT seller – check out her store!
What are your suggestions for helping a struggling student with spelling? Do you have other fun ways to learn homophones like to/too/two and there/their/they’re?
“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” ~~~Mark Twain