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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?


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