For easy use, all program materials are printed in a big 8 ¼ ∗ 11" lay–flat binding that folds flat for photocopying and all lessons follow the same familiar format: Getting Started: To begin the lesson, students draw on their prior knowledge, discuss what they′ve learned in previous lessons, and write their observations in a notebook. Introducing New Information: The teacher creates situations in which students actively acquire new information. Practicing with Individual Words: After reviewing word lists demonstrating a new pattern, rule or generalization, students write individual words and self–correct any mistakes. Practicing Spelling in Context: Using the new patterns they′ve learned to spell, students begin to write meaningful sentences. Reinforcing Activities: Students select any activity, such as "Syllable Rummy" or working with a popular literature selection that reinforces the lesson. Extra Interesting Facts: Little–known facts about words and expressions, such as the origin of hamburger and "It′s Raining cats and dogs," spark students′ curiosity about our language. Plus 5 Ready–to–Use Worksheets: Including&∗Finish It! An exercise in which students select the right words to complete 10 sentences. ∗Categories Game: A game that builds students′ confidence and logical thinking skills as they locate the correct categories for newly learned words. ∗Look It Up! A dictionary usage activity in which students look up common and uncommon words working at their own pace. ∗List It! An easy, enjoyable exercise that prepares students for "real" writing. ∗Write On! A writing activity featuring tall tales, poetry, TV ads and more that develops students′ expository and creative writing and spelling skills. In short, Spelling Smart! Gives you a unique and proven program to develop competency in students who have experienced repeated failure in learning to spell. Once you guide them through the first lessons of this program, they will gain confidence, begin to succeed, and demand more challenge!
The Structure and Philosophy of the Lesson Plan.
Section One: Issues and Concerns.
Feelings About Spelling.
The Short Vowel Sounds.
Consonant Blends and Digraphs.
Assessing the Needs of Students.
A Note on Computer Spell Checks.
The Origins of English.
Section Two: The Lessons.
Please note: All lessons follow the same familiar format–– Getting Started, Introducing New Information, Practicing with Individual Words, Practicing Spelling in Context, Reinforcing Activities, and Extra Interesting Facts–– plus reproducibles that include a "Word List," "Finish It!" "A Game of Categories," "Look It Up!" List It!" and "Write On!"