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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    Do you use a spelling curriculum? Our language arts curriculum comes with a spellinge part but it is basically useless. The words are too easy and I would like to focus less on memorization and more on learning a rule or pattern. The words in our curriculum are designed to match up with the basal reader that I don't use that much anyway. I prefer to do small literature circles with trade books.

    I was wondering if there is a spelling resource that someone would recommend. I wound up making up a lot of my own lists last year and I found it hard to figure out what words were best and time consuming.

    I'll be teaching second grade next year if that helps.
     
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  3. laura22

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    Hello! I don't actually have my own classroom yet, so take this how you will, but in my edreading class this summer, our textbook is by Patricia Cunningham and we just watched a video of her going through some of her word study examples...fabulous. I plan on trying these things in my own classroom, and she has phonics and other teacher books for specific grade levels. I would definitely suggest you check that out if you haven't already.
     
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    I have a list of 2nd grade word wall words that is provided by the district. We pick 5 words from the list, 5 family words, and 5 enrichment words. The kiddos take a pre-test on Monday and the first 5 words that they get wrong are their words for Friday.

    They have a spelling contract that they complete each night for homework. I also have a spelling center...whiteboard, stamps, etc. for them to practice.
     
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    This year we will use Spelling Power. You do a pretest that helps you place the child. Each day the child is tested on a set of words. The words missed are the ones practiced, then retested the next day. You also get a new set of words each day. The thought is that time isn't wasted on words the child can already spell.
     

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