Spelling Unit 3

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Spelling: We started our spelling lessons today.  Your child will 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. Your child will be given a pre-test every Monday to determine if your child will receive the regular spelling list or the challenge list. Today your child brought home either a pink or red paper with the words to practice at home.

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.

This week the students will be focusing on short /a/ & long /a/ (spelled /a/ with consonant /e/). We will have a spelling test on Friday and will be completing activities in class all week to focus on these words.  The pretest today determined which list your child brought home. Here are the words for the week:

Regular List: make, came, hand, face, skate, whale, ask, what*, scale, save

Challenge List: became, crater, rotate, blazer, inflate, replace, phrase, female, escape, exhale

*oddball (doesn’t follow pattern)


Unit 4 Spelling Word Lists

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This week the students will be focusing on short /i/ & long /i/ (spelled /i/ with consonant /e/). We will have a spelling test on Friday and will be completing activities in class all week to focus on these words.  The pretest today determined which list your child will bring home. Here are the words for the week:

Regular List: five, side, little, give*, dine, clip, size, wife, flip, smile

Challenge List: since, forgive*, alike, decide, polite, invite, beside, combine, reptile, spider

*oddball (doesn’t follow pattern)


Spelling

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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.


Spelling Words

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We are focusing on words with silent consonants or consonants that make a new sound.  Many of the words that we are looking at have the following combinations: kn, wr, gh, or ph. On Thursday, these words will be used in sentences:

known          written          laugh          sphere          wreck          writer

wrong           wrap             wrench       knocked       knot             wring

enough        rough            wrinkle

Challenge words: tortoise, dolphin, sea horse, whale, coral


Spelling Update

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We are working on the following words: below, saw, something, thought, both, never, very, just, were, our, too, friends, important, river & today. The children are given a dictation sentence test at the end of the unit and if mistakes are made, they place them on a word list in their spelling binder to refer to during writing activities. Some children are also given a word list that focuses on a specific feature such as: long or short i. This group is intended to focus on specific features that a child requires an additional review to increase his/her success. For homework, please have your child visit the spelling link on the lower left corner of the blog. They should complete an activity for unit 2.