Week of December 19
This Week’s Feature:
Spelling Strategy: Associate, Try, Check, Ask
If you are not sure how to spell a word, try these strategies.
- Associate the unknown word with a word you can spell.
- Try alternate spellings.
- Check the spelling with a dictionary or a spelling checker.
- Ask someone else for help.
This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:
Spelling Made Easier
In this lesson, you will practice different strategies to write reasonable spellings for unknown words. If you are unsure of how to spell a word, try one of these strategies.
When you hear an unfamiliar word, one spelling strategy is to think of a familiar word that has a meaning similar to the word you are not sure of how to spell. For example, if you know how to spell marry, you may be able to make a good guess at spelling the word marriage.
Another spelling strategy is to think of a word with a part that sounds the same as a part in the word you are trying to spell. Suppose you want to spell villain, but you are unsure of the spelling. You do know how to spell the words village and mountain. You may use the spellings of these words to put together the parts that will help you to correctly spell villain.
As you practice your spelling list at home this week, try using these strategies to help you. You should also have a dictionary on hand so that you can double-check your spelling.
After you have practiced your words and tried the new spelling strategies, record the strategy that you found most helpful and why. List at least three spelling words that you were able to spell using that strategy. Turn this paper 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.