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Spelling Strategees

Monday:

Take pre-test (dictated by a parent/sibling). Write all the words that you got wrong three times each (spelled correctly )

Tuesday:

Break apart the words that are difficult to spell by syllable and write them on paper. If there is one syllable just write the word.

Wed:

If there is a word with a prefix, write the prefix on the left and the base (root) word on the right. If there is a suffix, write the suffix to the right of the base word.

Thu:

Practice the spelling test (dictated by parent or sibling)

 (NOTE: the above suggestions will be required with parent sign-off if a student fails three or more tests.)

Steps for Spelling New Words

1. Look at the word and say it.
2. Spell it aloud.
3. Think about it.
4. Picture it.
5. Look at it and write it.
6. Cover, write, and check it.

 

 

Rhyming Helpers

Link a word with a rhyming word that is spelled the same at the end:
unless
mess

 

 

Problem Parts

Identify the part of the word that gives you problems and study it extra hard:
wrong
laughed

 

 

Creating Memory Tricks

Link tricky words with a memory helper that has the same problem letters:
Tell that mosquito to quit biting me.

 

 

Using Meaning Helpers

Pair a word with a shorter, related word that gives a sound clue:
act--action
hea--health

 

 

Divide and Conquer

Divide a word into smaller parts:
team/mate
beauti/ful
ar/ti/fi/cial

 

 

Pronouncing for Spelling

Pronounce a word correctly:
pro/ba/bly
Or make up a secret pronunciation:
choc/o/late

 


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