This is my first year teaching and my gradel level has weekly spelling words for each Harcourt story. The kids have a pretest, complete a chapter in their spelling books and then a test of Friday. I did not like the spelling book and felt like it was just busy work. I didn't see the benefit of using the books. Next year, because of budget cuts, we wil not be ordering any consumables, which means no spelling books. Our team will be getting together to discuss how we will be doing spelling next year. I would love to do Words Their Way, but the fourth grade has not been trained, which is unfortunate because the third grade team uses it. So, how do you do spelling without spelling books?? Also, does anyone NOT do spelling words? We spent a lot more time on spelling than we did on vocabulary words this year. Would it be more beneficial to skip spelling words and spend more time on vocabulary words. Any thoughts on this??? Thanks!!