Spelling: Our third grade team has decided to change up our spelling program a bit to meet the needs of our third graders. Your child will now receive a new set of 10 words every Monday and be tested on those words (plus five additional words that follow the same pattern) on Friday of each week. The first week of school your child was given a spelling inventory, which helped me determine where he/she is breaking down as a speller. The results showed that most of my third graders struggle with long vowel patterns and more difficult word endings. Therefore, those areas will be our focus for this year. Your child will also be given a monthly spelling activity sheet, of which they are to choose three activities each week to complete for at home practice of their words. A Monday pre-test will determine if your child will receive the regular list or the challenge list.
They will be tested on Friday on the list they were given, plus five additional words with the same spelling pattern. Please let me know if you have any questions concerning this program. Our goal is to make our third graders better spellers, so it is always nice to hear if you see a difference at home too.