Week of January 15

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Pattern: -ant, -ent
The spelling of words that end in the suffixes –ant and –ent often cause confusion.  These two suffixes change verbs into adjectives and nouns.  Here are two guidelines that will help you spell words when they have the suffix –ant and –ent.  When the suffix is added to verbs ending in –ate (hesitate, migrate), the suffix will be spelled –ant (hesitant, migrant).  When the suffix is added to words ending in y (defy), the y is changed to i and the suffix is spelled –ant (defiant).  Look for these suffixes when you are reading and writing.

This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:


Using this week’s spelling list, play Capture with a partner at home. To play this game, first make one playing grid on paper. The grid should be at least five dots by five dots (see the example below). Next, if you are playing with an adult partner, divide your spelling list in half, giving each player five words. (If you are playing with a student, then exchange spelling lists.) Then each player takes turns spelling aloud each word on his/her list. Player 1 calls a word, and Player 2 must spell it. When a player spells a word correctly, he/she connects two dots on the playing grid with a line. If a player misspells the word, no line is connected, and the other player reads the correct spelling aloud. Each time a player connects two dots that complete a square, he/she puts his/her initials inside the square. The object of the game is to spell as many words as possible correctly and to complete the most squares.

The completed game grid will be turned 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:

Here are this week’s spelling story winners.