Spelling Homework/Tests

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  1. LMichele

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    What do you do for weekly spelling homework? I've seen the Tic-Tac-Toe board which I like, but I'm not sure what to put on it.

    Also, how many words do you typically give a week? I was thinking 20 for 3rd-15 current words, 2 HF, 2 review (unknown until the day of the test) & 1 vocab. Is this too much for 3rd?
     
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  3. OhThePlaces

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    I teach 3rd grade and last year my kids would have 18-20 words per week (including two review words and one bonus).

    We have a Spelling Choice sheet that is laminated and kept in their 3 ring binders. They choose 3 spelling activities to complete for the week.

    Some of the options I can remember off the top of my head:

    -Write the words using block letters
    -Rainbow words: Use different colored crayons for each word
    -Write the words in alphabetical order
    -Write the words in reverse alphabetical order
    -Write each spelling word and a rhyming word
    -Choose 5 words and a write a complete sentence for each.
     
  4. LittleHouse7

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    I think about 20 words should be enough as the work load becomes very heavy for a child as well.
     
  5. giraffe326

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    I'm not a fan of spelling tests (I've Orton-Gillingham trained and they use a method I much prefer), but I've been required to do it in the past.

    In 2nd grade, everyone had the same 10 words. My average kids had 5 additional words for a total of 15. My high kids had the same 15 the average kids had and 5 challenge words for a total of 20.

    In 3rd grade, I was required to use a list. It had 18-22 words on it.
     
  6. TamiJ

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    I also use a tic-tac-toe option for spelling homework...

    Along with OhthePlaces´ suggestions, I would add:

    * type the words three times and email to the teacher
    * hide your words in a picture
    * write the words and do an illustration for each one
    * do a spelling game on SpellingCity

    I have about 3 or 4 different versions of tic-tac-toe, but they are on my computer at work.
     
  7. LMichele

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    Is there a way to monitor who is using Spelling City and see their results?
     
  8. giraffe326

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    Only with a subscription.
     
  9. Tasha

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    I've had my kids print the screen at the end of the game for spelling city.
     
  10. PalmettoTeacher

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    Vocabulary words shouldn't be used for spelling words unless they follow the pattern for that week. The purpose of spelling is for children to understand specific spelling patterns and rules and to be able to apply them to new words.
    I like the idea of two additional words not known until the day of the test if they follow the pattern for the week.
    Sometimes I would use a proofreading test instead of a dictation test. Write a sentence, paragraph, or story and students would have to find their misspelled words and then correct them by writing them at the end of the paragraph or sentence. I usually started out with sentences to get them used to it and then move to short paragraphs and then a story.
     
  11. TamiJ

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    Or ask them to do a printscreen with their name on it and turn it in if you do the free version like I do.
     
  12. giraffe326

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    That is how I did tests, but it never failed that someone forgot to print.....
     

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