I am always on the look out for different strategies to teach spelling and I thought I would share a few that I use in my classroom.
Wordle is a wonderful tool for spelling. It is a particularly good way of having children practise new spelling patterns. Wordle works by inserting a number of words or text into a cloud. The more the words are used, the bigger they become in the cloud. This allows children to practise the correct spelling of words when they need to repeatedly enter the word. When learning a specific letter pattern I have children enter words and take a screen shot of the final product. This gives them a great refernce to look back at when writing.
An alternative to this is Tagxedo, which makes the clouds in different shapes.
Along the lines of repitition being a tool for learning spelling, I was taught these two tricks at a PD many years ago and they are both popular in my classroom.
1. Using a tricky word (commonly confused words or those with irregular spelling) of the week children are given a small piece of paper. They need to write that word, with correct spelling, as many times as they can in 1 minute. The competition certainly gets them motivated and it is always amusing to see how small they can write their words!
2. Writng a silly story using the same letter pattern. Give children a time limit to use as many words from the same letter pattern as many times as they can in a story.
I went to the station to begin my vacation. It seemed the whole nation was there so it was a commotion. I stepped forward with caution to find a weird creation. It was some lotion with an addition sign. With some ambition I went to information to ask about it. The man said it was a formation of portion.
After spending some time in the UK, I did some profession development with Pie Corbett, who has some wonderful spelling activities. One that I always pull out when teaching compound words is to make a silly story by turning the compound words around.
I went to get the papernews along the pathfoot. Mum gave me her baghand, which she had got from her boardcup. On the way I played some ballfoot but got an achehead.
I was recently shown Google scribe. This website predicts the word you will write from the letters you are entering. From the first entry a drop down menu appears with a list of words you may be using. Although not specifically teaching spelling I find this is great for children who have spelling difficulties which impedes their ability to write. It has been wonderful to see reluctant writers proud of what they have written and to see that these children have good writing structure, something I may not have seen if they were asked to write a paragraph.
What games or activities do you use for spelling?
What are your thoughts on how spelling should be taught?
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