Three levels of spelling lists are used in our Wonders curriculum to best target students’ spelling needs. Those lists are referred to as ‘approaching’, ‘on’, and ‘beyond’. Students are given their lists on Monday and spelling tests are given on Friday. Students should be practicing their spelling words at home throughout the week in order to prepare for their Friday test.
A Few Ideas for Practicing Spelling Words at Home
- ABC Order – Write your spelling words in alphabetical order or reverse alphabetical order.
- Air Write – Write your spelling words in the air using your finger. Have a parent or sibling ‘read’ your words as you write them OR they can write the words as you read them.
- Color Words – Write each letter in your spelling word using a different color or making a color pattern.
- Fancy Letters – Write your spelling words once. Then write them again using cursive or your own fancy letters.
- Flash Writing – Use a flashlight to to write your spelling words in the air in a darkened room. Have a parent or sibling ‘read’ your words as you write them OR they can write the words as you read them.
- Goofy Spelling Story – Write a goofy spelling story using each of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your words as you use them. Illustrate and color your story!
- Practice Test – Take a practice test. Check your test and correct any words that you misspelled.
- Pyramid Words – Write your spelling words in a pyramid shape. Start with the first letter. On the next line, write the first two letters. On the third line, write the first three letters. Continue until you have written the entire word.
- Sentence, Please – Write sentences using your spelling words. Be sure to underline your words as you use them. You can also do this writing silly sentences.
- Shaving Cream Words – Find a countertop or flat surface that can be cleaned easily. Spray a small amount of shaving cream and spread it out. Write your spelling words in the shaving cream and be sure to clean up afterwards!
- Spelling City – Practice your spelling words using games on Spelling City or by taking a practice test.
- Three Times – Write your spelling words three times.
- Trace Around – Write each of your spelling words using a pencil. Then trace around each word using a pen, crayon, colored pencil, or marker.
- Type ‘Em – Type your spelling words on a computer or tablet.
I’ve provided a copy of students’ spelling lists on this site – I know they can be easily lost sometimes! Just hover over Spelling in the banner at the top of the page and you’ll be able to select the current unit. If you have further questions about our spelling curriculum please call or send me an email!