I will not be sending home a specific paper with activities for each spelling unit. By not doing this we will conserve paper, especially seeing that the forms were often not returned. It is still expected that your child will practice his/her words 4 times weekly and read for 20 minutes 5 times per week.
Your child’s word list came home yesterday based on how well he/she did on the pretest.
- Unit 11: smooth, move, tooth, moon, loop, good, number, cluck, skunk, spoon
- Challenge Word List: attitude, scooter, confuse, noodle, shampoo, bedroom, accuse, balloon, consume, goose
Ideas to Practice Spelling at Home:
1. Create a set of flashcards. Have your child write the spelling word in pencil on one side an index card. There are some ways to use flashcards other than just using them to quiz. You can:
- Trace the word in pen or marker to reinforce knowing the letters and shape the word makes when it’s spelled correctly.
- Read the word, turn the card over, write it again and flip to check accuracy.
2. Create a second set of flashcards with the definition of the word on it. If possible, use a different color index card then the first set.
- You can read or show the definition and tell you the word that goes with it.
- Flip the card over and write the correct spelling word on the back.
- Test self by writing the words on a separate piece of paper as he/she looks at the card.
3. Use both sets of flashcards to play spelling Memory.
- Arrange the flashcards in rows, face down on the table.
- Each player takes a turn to pick up a two cards, one of each color. If the word and definition match, the player keeps the cards. If not, she puts them back in the same place and it’s the next player’s turn.
- The players will have to remember the position of the cards in order to match them up. When all the cards are gone, the player with the most matches wins.
4. Use alphabet magnets or Scrabble tiles to spell out each word.
5. Write the word list on a piece of construction paper. Then cut the words apart into strips. Then, cut those words into letters and have your child reconstruct the list.
6. Type the spelling words on the computer. This will help to reinforce how to spell each words and help recognize what the words will look like in a book or other reading material. This will also help reinforce typing skills, especially if they are using the home row keys.
7. Write or type a story using all of the spelling words. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but it should show that he/she knows how to spell and use each word properly.
8. Use the Spelling City website. Parents can register for the free version and input your child’s spelling word lists. Your child can then play games and activities or take practice tests on the site.
9. Use Discovery Education’s puzzlemaker tool. You can create word searches using your child’s spelling words.
10. Alphabetize the word list. This can be done either by writing them in alphabetical order or by using the flashcards.
11. Sit down with your child, two pencils and a piece of paper. Tell your child the spelling word you’ll be practicing and write the first letter of the word. Pass the paper to your child so he/she can add the next letter. You add the letter after that, repeating until the word is spelled.
12. Create Mad Libs only using the spelling words. You can either buy Mad Libs books for just this purpose or find them online at Wacky Web Tales.