Spelling Words This Week

apron, poison, sunken, shrunken, chosen, tighten, frighten, cannon, carbon, sharpen, exponents, multiply, factors, estimation, product

10 Activities for Spelling Practice at Home

  1. Spelling Memory – Write two sets of spelling words on small index cards and play a game of memory. When a card is turned over, read the word, spell it, and read it again.
  2. Spelling Swat – Using the same set of flashcards from the activity above, lay out one set on the table or floor so the words can be seen. Use the other set as a draw pile. Draw a card. Read the word, spell it, then find the matching word on the table. Slap the matching word on the table. Read the word, spell it, then read it again.
  3. Wordo – This is an old game that is played just like Bingo, but with full words instead of letters and numbers. Again, if the word is on the Wordo card, read it, spell it, and read it again.
  4. Rainbow Writing – Spell each word multiple times using a different color of the rainbow each time.
  5. Around the Room Spelling Hunt – Using the two sets fo flashcards from the first activity, place one set spelling flashcards around the room and keep the other set for a draw pile. Draw a spelling flashcard, read it, spell it, and read it again, then search for the matching word in the room.
  6. Stamp It Out – Rather than writing out spelling words multiple times, use alphabet stamps instead. (Or letter manipulatives work well, too). The key here is to practice one word several times in a row.
  7. Spell by Syllables – For longer words, practice spelling by spelling by syllables. For example, the word elephant would be broken down into el-e-phant, spelling just one syllable at a time.
  8. Spelling Word Sorts – This is an excellent activity for spelling lists where all the words focus on a single spelling-sound, but different spellings. Sort the words according to how that focus sound is spelled. For example, if the sound is long a spelled -eigh and -ai, then the words sleigh and weight would be put into a different group from snail and aim.
  9. Word Scramble – This is an oldie, but still an effective way to practice spelling. Use letter manipulatives to spell a word from the spelling list, copying it if need be. Then, scramble the letter up and try to re-spell with word without looking at the spelling list for help.
  10. Sensory Words – Use a sensory material to write out spelling words. Shaving cream, salt, play dough, and cookie sprinkles are all super fun.


NWEA Testing Coming SOON

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Welcome back from Winter Break! I hope you were able to spend some much needed family and relaxation time.

Now that we are back in 2019, NWEA testing will be quickly approaching.

In order to prepare students for the test, we will be reviewing important skills. It would be very helpful to continue to practice reading and math skills at home. Here are a few ideas to help you with preparing for the NWEA tests:

  • Review Math flash cards – have a parent or sibling quiz you!
  • Try and complete a math facts quiz — time yourself and try and beat your time!
  • Read, read, and read!
  • Write about what you read. For each book you read, write a short summary about what the book was about. Focus on listing the characters, main events, and big ideas from the reading.
  • Ask and answer questions about the text – read a paragraph or two and have an older sibling or family member ask you questions about it to make sure you understood what it was about — COMPREHENSION is OH SO SO SO IMPORTANT!
  • Most importantly, take care of yourself. Wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat healthy brain foods and get plenty of good rest. Testing can be stressful, but the more prepared you are the better you’ll succeed! I promise it will all be okay! 🙂

Math Test Corrections

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I am returning students’ graded math tests from before Winter Break with a “Math Corrections Form” attached to it. This gives students an opportunity to improve their math test score. I want to give students every opportunity that I can to showcase what they know. Requirements for returning the test:

  1. Write the Question # in the box –> students ONLY need to fix the problems that they got WRONG
  2. Redo the problem in the box by showing all work and writing their final answer
  3. Check the corresponding box as to why they got the problem wrong

The form is due by THURSDAY, JANUARY 10. That gives students 3 nights to work on this. If there are any issues, please let me know. Once the students’ tests are returned I will re-grade and add points to their original score if they got the problem right by fixing it on the Corrections Form.