calling all third grade teachers!!!

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    born2teach84 Comrade

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    Our school does not have a spelling program they use. My question is how do you know what patterns and words to come up with? I have a spelling list a teacher made up last year and I don't like alot of the words. How did you come up with you spelling words? I have to make at least thirty weeks of spelling!
     
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    Every school is different. Ask a neighboring grade. Some schools are more structured than others.

    We look at the dolch list, get half our words from there and half the words from whatever the students are studying, repeatedly asking for during journal or writing time, currently using in situations and will likely need the word to write about it, or interested in at the moment.

    3rd grade is probably gonna need more structure due to standardized testing, but again, each school is different.
     
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    Hi there. I student teach presently in a 3rd grade room. Her spelling comes right from a guide book.... I've noticed that each week the words have a pattern. Such as -ound words and -ur etc. Each week there are also 5 challenge words she uses as a bonus. Some of the words are not as common but from what I gather they are practicing many different word endings. She also gives them workbook pages where they have to find those words that are misspelled and fix them... the pages also have the kids place the words that contain -ur or -ound.. etc. I think it works well. I would try word families and maybe make some practice worksheets to use these words. HOPE THIS HELPS!
     
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    I use the spelling lists that came with our reading series. But our second grade uses a book by Evan Moore and they also make one for third grade--Building Spelling Skills. It comes with weekly lists and worksheets.
     
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    I used the Evan Moore program too. Our new reading program has a spelling program, so I don't use the Evan Moore program anymore. I did use it for four years before and loved it!
     
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    I use words that come out of our basal reader and then send home weekly homework according to it. Samples: http://www.turtlewords.net
     
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    This year I use the words out of the Scott Forsman reading series. Last year the school I worked at used Rebecca Stitton. The year before that they used Four Blocks and for spelling words I am pretty sure they did word family. but I'm not positive. I worked in kindergarten than not 3rd grade.
     
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    Oh, I must add that I did create a word sort for each list as well as some type of game the kids could play to help them to remember how the words were spelled.
     
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    I would say look to your reading program.

    In almost all instances the Spelling program is meant to be complimentary to the reading program and cover the most frequently used word lists. So, what are you using for your reading program?
     
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    hey thanks everyone for all the great resources. We don't have a reading series. That is why as a first year teacher it is hard to come up with good words and meaningfull words. Other teachers are having the same struggles as I am so I was trying to do a little research to bring back to the team! THANKS
     
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    I teach reading through guided reading. I map out the year with the skills we have to teach and find either leveled books or books that cover the unit we are teaching. For example we are teaching a unit on fairytales, fabels and legends, which means my groups are reading those types of stories and I am teaching them main idea, sequence, cause and effect, authors purpose, fact and opinion and all the other strategies we have. At the begining of the year we started with a unit on attitudes and emotions and we typed up our own stories and taught strategies through those. :) Sorry I can't really explain it well in words. :)
     
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    I would also agree to look at your reading program and use those words or words related to what you are studying.

    Before we adopted HM, we used Month-by-Month Phonics (4 Blocks) and would add words related to those (same spelling pattern, endings, etc.)
     
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    Since you don't have a reading program, pick 5 or 6 words each week from your story for vocabulary.

    Then, about 15 words for weekly spelling lists. This will give your students exposure to 20 or 21 words each week. Pick either a pattern or topic approach for spelling words.

    Here are some helpful websites for spelling word lists...

    http://www.time4learning.com/SpellingWords/3rd-grade-spelling-words.shtml

    http://www.all-about-spelling.com/spelling-list-for-3rd-grade.html

    http://www.tlsbooks.com/spellingwords.htm

    http://www.splashesfromtheriver.com/spelling/courseoutline.htm

    http://www.spellingbee.com/resources.asp

    http://www.everydayspelling.com/lists/listindex.html

    http://www.needleworkspictures.com/ocr/sight_words/index.html

    Good luck!
     

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