Week of September 11

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Pattern: under-, sub-, super-, over-
Many words begin with the prefixes under-, sub-, super-, and over-.  Adding a prefix to a word changes the word’s meaning.  A prefix is always added to the beginning of a word.  Every prefix has its own specific meaning.  Under- means below or less than.  Sub- means under, below, or less thanSuper- means over, above, or more than. Over- means above or more than.  Watch for these prefixes when you are reading and writing and see if knowing the meanings of these prefixes helps you to discover the meanings of new words.

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.