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.|
- 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
- Partner students up.
- Use two sets of words and play a concentration game
Day 4Day 5
- 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
- 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!