Our school implemented a new 3rd grade spelling program. Each child will select fifteen spelling words from the following three categories.
Personal Words: Five words a student misspells on her writing assignments. If words are needed, she selects from a word bank – focusing on words she can read but typically misspells.
Spelling Pattern and Chuck Words: Five words are selected that promote sound recognition, spelling patterns and chunks.
Classroom Words: Five words are chosen that are commonly used in the classroom.
Third Grade Spelling Words
Each child will have different personal and spelling pattern/chunk words. This spelling program selects words that are meaningful to our children; the intent is to create a desire to learn how to spell them correctly.
This spelling lesson focused on homophones. Each student must choose 5 sets of homophones for a total of 10 spelling words. She/he should select words that they commonly misuse, e.g., its and it’s or there, they’ve or their.
Lesson 11: Spelling Words
Pattern Hard & Soft C Words
Lesson 12: Spelling Words
Pattern Hard & Soft G Words
Lesson 13: Spelling Words
Pattern /aw/ & /au/ Words
Our 3rd grade spelling program occurs over a two week period. During the early part of the 1st week, children will compile their spelling list. Each child needs to submit 5 spelling pattern or chunk words (Monday night homework). During school, they will compile of long list of words. Each student will select 5 spelling pattern or chunk words. The content words will be the same for all students but the personal words will be unique to each student based on their writing assignments. On Wednesday, spelling lists are finalized and spelling homework begins.
During the 2nd week of spelling, students continue to practice spelling words for homework. On Thursday, students practice spelling words in class and each student takes a spelling “check-up” on Friday.
The teachers will NOT conduct a formal spelling test but rather instruct the children to find their spelling buddy. Two students will administer a spelling test to each other. If a child misspells a word, she can take the test again. After the second attempt, if there are any misspelled words, these words will be carried over to next week’s spelling words. The goal of this spelling program is to give children learning experiences and strategies that will assist them in remembering how words are spelled.