Monday Memo

Curriculum Focus

How do you teach spelling words?

Do you give a list of words on Monday and then test on Friday with practice in between? Do all your students have the same list of words?  Why?

This traditional spelling instruction is boring and there is no big picture. As soon as one spelling list is tested, another list takes place.

Think about a "Word Study", which is not based on the random memorization of words. A word study program is a cohesive approach that addresses word recognition, vocabulary and phonics as well as spelling.

What is a word study?

Word study provides students with opportunities to investigate and understand the patterns in words.

Word study is based on the notion that where a student is in his or her spelling development can serve as a guide for instruction. At the start of a word study program, teachers use a spelling inventory to determine which stage of spelling development each student is at and then groups students for instruction (Bear, et al., 2000).

Instruction has to be deliberately sequenced by the teacher so students will get instruction that will propel their development. Teachers select a group of words that demonstrate a particular spelling pattern and sequence these patterns to match children's development (Templeton, 1991).

To implement word study effectively, teachers and students alike must become word detectives, engaged in an ongoing attempt to make sense of word patterns and their relationships to one another. Spelling "rules" are not dictated by the teacher for students to memorize. Rather, spelling patterns and generalizations are discovered by students.

A cycle of instruction for word study might include the following:

  • introduce the spelling pattern by choosing words for students to sort
  • encourage students to discover the pattern in their reading and writing
  • use reinforcement activities to help students relate this pattern to previously acquired word knowledge

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