Weekly Spelling Words

I have some great ideas using your weekly spelling lists for the elementary classroom. Incorporating your spelling words all week will help your students achieve better spelling scores and become better spellers. Here are some helpful teaching ideas to use with your Weekly Spelling Lists:
  • Write the spelling list on the chalkboard or chart paper. Display the list so all students can see and refer to the list at any time.
  • Read the spelling list together as a class. This helps students pronounce and say the words correctly. Saying the word AND spelling the letters aloud as a class can be helpful for some students.  
  • Discuss the meaning of each word with students. Help them provide definitions or sentences that indicate the meaning of each word.
  • Discuss the rule or specific spelling pattern of the words on the list. Use this to guide your teaching lessons.
  • Provide a spelling word list for students to take home. If students copy the list, make sure to check each student’s list to ensure they have spelled the words correctly. 
  • Transfer the weekly spelling words to your Word Wall or other special place in the classroom. This will keep students accountable and to keep spelling those words correctly all year long. By encouraging students to practice using the word wall, you help them integrate these words into other forms like vocabulary and speaking skills.
  • Repeat frequently misspelled words. It's okay to keep adding the same words to spelling lists over and over again. Many students need more than one week to study a word. Reviewing can be helpful for many students. 
  • Pair students up to quiz each other. Each student takes a turn saying the words as the other spells the words aloud or on a whiteboard. This is a fun classroom activity. It also gets them up and moving around. Plus, they like it. 
  • Administer a pretest. Students only need to study the words they missed. Then, administer a posttest each week to assess students’ learning and retention.
  • Spelling lists should include high frequency words (HFW). These are the words they see and use everyday.
  • If you use cursive, make sure the words are also in print. They can spell these words easier if they are in manuscript. The world does not write in cursive. They only see cursive in their classroom.
  • Keep your spelling lists short. K-3rd grades only need 10 words a week. This will ensure success for all.  
FREE How to Study Spelling Words Poster
Here is a FREE poster to help students study their spelling words! Practice doing the steps together as a class. Then, students will be able to repeat this process at home. Hang this poster in your classroom or send it home for homework. A black and white copy is included. Just click the picture on the left to download it.

Need some help with studying spelling words? Here are two packs that will help students study for their weekly spelling words. The task cards are easy to set up at a center and the worksheets are instant so you can send them home on a moments notice. The spelling games and centers pack is loaded with over 25 ideas for whole class games, 2-player games, or at a spelling center. Just click the pictures below to be read more about them.     

42 Spelling Task CardsSpelling Worksheets for 20 Words Spelling Games and Centers
Spelling Worksheets using 10 spelling wordsSpelling Worksheets using 15 Spelling Words for any list
HFW Spelling Lists

Here are some fun games to pick up spelling skills:
Bananagrams Spelling Game
Spelling Puzzles for Young Students
CVC Spelling Game
Scrabble Jr.

Happy Spelling!
See you soon,


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