Being a new teacher and new to third grade last year, I implemented the spelling contract that the 2nd grade teacher in my school used. If a student received a 100% on the pretest (and the words were sent home the Thursday before in my newsletter so they could study over the weekend) they did not have to participate in spelling lessons or take Friday's test, and they completed 3 activities off of a spelling contract that parents and students signed. I tried to correlate the activities into all aspects of our curriculum (example: draw a life cycle). I am finding that this year, I am thinking that even if a student gets a 100% on the pretest, I want to ensure they understand the lessons and how/why we spell words the way we do (CVC, CVCE, etc). I was afraid that some students last year just memorized words. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks!