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Hi! So I'm wondering how other 4th grade/upper elementary teachers teach spelling.

My principal only has experience teaching lower elementary, and she was appalled when she found out that we don't practice our words, outright teach/practice the spelling pattern, and/or do activities every day in class to teach the spelling list.

Now, I do one, maybe two activities or worksheets in class per week, and usually one mini lesson about the spelling pattern. Other than that, the kids do homework practice to learn the words. It hasn't caused any issues, and the kids are diligent about studying the words because I give them fun activities to choose from, so I don't see what the problem is. I'm pretty sure it's an upper vs lower elementary teaching strategy. However, to appease my principal, I thought I'd ask on here what other people were doing to get a comparison.

Thoughts? Ideas?

desertteacher205 I was at two different schools, both of which taught spelling different. The method I hear you describing sounds like 'Sitton' spelling. 'Sitton' teaches a spelling pattern and then gives a short list of words with that pattern. I really liked this method because it makes kiddos think about the word and then use that skill or pattern to spell words...See More
Dec 30, 2017
EarlyBird When I taught 4th (now I teach 6th), I liked to have some sort of practice each day in class and spelling homework each night. We used HM and it worked out perfectly because there were 4 pages related to spelling (one for every day of the week + test on Friday). I would review one spelling page each day with students at various levels of intensity....See More
Feb 25, 2018

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