(The other spelling post made me think of something that I have been meaning to ask!) Does anyone not give weekly spelling tests? I have used Words their Way for the past 3 years, and I feel like it's just too much. I have a difficult time keeping up with it, and I don't really see the growth that I would expect in my students. This year I was thinking of doing something a bit different. I want to try to stick to the true Daily 5 model of having mini-lessons between rounds. Once per day, one of my mini-lessons would be devoted to a specific phonics/spelling pattern. For example, on Monday we may focus on ay/ai. Then I would introduce the children to a word list that contains words that follow that spelling pattern. There would be a variety of words for differentiation. These would be the words that they would practice during word work time. Then, each day during our mini-lesson, we we do some sort of activity that involved the pattern. Of course, I will have to do some assessing so that I know if students are grasping the patterns. Perhaps a monthly or bi-weekly assessment? I just don't know if this type of program would be intense enough for students to really grasp the skills. They would not have homework, or words to memorize. What do you think? Does anyone do something similar for spelling?