Week of November 13

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Strategy: Use Spelling “Sayings”
Sometimes you can remember how to spell a difficult word by making up a saying that helps you remember the hard part of the word.  For example, if you remember that there is a rat in the word separate, you will likely remember the correct spelling.  Try this strategy on other difficult words you come across in your reading and writing.

This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:

Try an Acronym or a Saying

No one can memorize the spelling of every word, but anyone can learn ways to help make good guesses at spelling unknown words.  Often times, you can use a strategy for remembering (called a mnemonic device) the correct spelling of a difficult word.  One strategy for remembering the correct spelling is to make up a saying to help you remember the difficult part of the word.  This strategy is described above.  Another strategy is to think of the word as an acronym for a catchy phrase or sentence.  An acronym is a word or a name that is created by combining the first letters in a group of words (NASCAR is an acronym for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing).  For example, if you can think of the word muscle as an acronym for the sentence “My uncle Steve can lift elephants,” you might remember how to spell muscle.

Use these two strategies to create sayings or acronyms for at least five of your spelling words this week.  Record your sayings or acronyms on a piece of paper, which you will turn in to Ms. M., along with your weekly word sort and spelling story.  Do not forget that for homework, you must also study your spelling words for Friday’s spelling test.

Choose the word sort for your group:

Click here for this week’s spelling stories.