October 9, 2013

Syllable Spelling---This free resource will change your life!! :)

Wow....so MTSS Symposium was sooooooo long  ago!  Time flies when you are having fun (or maybe just really busy?!?!)....

Anyway, I promised I would blog about several of the sessions I attended.  I mean, I couldn't just not share---the information.  It is too great not to be shared with the world (or maybe the select few who read my blog).

One of the first sessions I attended was presented by Dr. Deb Glaser.  Dr Glaser is a leading researcher in reading instruction and has published a variety of books on various reading and instructional topics.  Her session was titled Reading Routines for Grades 2-4.  She provided our group with tips and tricks on small group lesson formats, spelling routines and fluency practice. 

The topic that most hit home with me were her spelling routines. I have always wanted to incorporate some sort of spelling practice into my small group lessons...but couldn't find a strategy I liked best .  I am so glad I attended this session, because Dr. Glaser was able to connect spelling to my idea of a whole reader.  :)
If you get a chance you should hop over to Dr. Glasers's website.  There she has some great links and information.

Here is her fabulous weekly spelling routine:

Day 1--Syllable Spelling--I LOVE THIS!!


    • Step 1--say the multi-syllable word to students in syllable chunks.  As you are saying the chunked word, students will place dots in the bottom of the boxes for each syllable they hear.  Example: "re....main.....der"
    • Step 2--Say the multi-syllable word again.  Students will attempt to spell each syllable.  The syllable should be placed above the dot they drew in step one. 
    • Step 3--Check and correct the syllables with students.
    • Step 4--write the whole word "squished together" in the grey box.
    • Step 5--Teach and define meaningful prefixes, suffixes and roots
    An example of a completed syllable spelling page.  
Day 2
    • Cut out the words written in the grey section of the paper and practice saying the words
    • Use the words in a meaningful sentence. 
    • Place the cut up words in a plastic bag, and put in a safe place

Day 3
  • Partner students up.
  • Use two sets of words and play a concentration game
Day 4
  • Students lay words out in front of them
  • Teachers give students a clue to describe a particular word
    • Example: this word has a prefix, this word means...., this word's synonym is....
  • Students must locate the word and correctly say the word
Day 5
  • Students practice writing the words.
    • Use marker boards and do this whole class
    • Pair students up and have them quiz one another

The second I got back from MTSS Symposium I started this spelling routine with my tier 3 students.  I love how this strategy reinforces decoding techniques and provides students with a strategy on how to spell difficult words.

If you are interested in the syllable spelling page or some example lists of multi-syllabic words--- click the picture below which will take you to my TPT store.  At my TPT store, you can get this resource for free!  You should totally take advantage of this---it will seriously change your life!









2 comments:

  1. You are right...this is amazing! Thank you for these resources.

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  2. Jennifer,

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out this spelling resource! AND--thanks for the kind words!! I hope you get some great use out of these babies---I know I have seen some awesome growth in my kiddos.

    ~Katie

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