As we have been working more in writer's workshop lately and doing more spelling tests, I have been noticing that my students are terrible spellers (to the point where I can hardly even guess what it should be), they cannot read their own writing, and their writing shows a basic lack of understanding in phonics. Most of my students aren't adding the "e" to the end of CVC words to make the "long vowel" sound, and any complex long vowels are completely off the table. Some of mine are still struggling with basic blends and digraphs! My question is, what phonics do you teach to your third graders, if any? And, how to do you teach the phonics skills? (Meaning, is it small group, large group, hands on, worksheets, workbooks, etc.) We do have phonics workbooks but those aren't very engaging for the students at all. Also, though we have done a couple pages the kids constantly say "we learned this last year" or "we learned this in Kindergarten" yet they still don't use the ideas in their writing or spelling and when asked to read those phonics segments they are unable to. It seems like they think if they say, "we already learned this" they can get out of some work and as a kind of defense mechanism for their lack of understanding on the issue. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated and thank you all for your help!