Spelling Correctly (4-6)

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Students have been spelling words since Kindergarten, whether correctly or incorrectly, and have been exposed to many strategies to help them with spelling.  Here is an additional lesson to help students become better spellers.  With the use of texting, spell checks, and other modern technology, knowing how to spell words may seem to be less a priority than in the past.  However, spelling words correctly leads to effective communication.

Spelling Correctly Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about helpful hints to Spelling Correctly
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Spelling Correctly
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Impress upon your students the importance of spelling correctly despite the assistance technology provides to them with this lesson.  Nine strategies are presented for students to use to assist them with spelling, including letter patterns, word families, and root words.  The lesson reminds students correct spelling is important for effective communication.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display the following commonly misspelled words (or other words):ajas. Ask students if they can guess what the words have in common.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. If students do not guess the words are commonly misspelled, give hints- ask them to note their spellings, etc.
  3. Allow further responses and discussion. Introduce Spelling Correctly.
  4. Distribute Spelling Correctly (4-6) content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  For each strategy, ask students if they can use it for other word examples.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Students understand the instructions by encouraging questions prior to beginning the work. (You may assign a set number or specific words to each group.)  Circulate through the room as students are creating their Board Games.  Answer students’ questions, make suggestions where needed, etc.  Allow sufficient time to complete the Board Game creation.
  6. Once completed, student groups will play another group’s Board Game. Allow time for students to play one or more of the Board Games.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: Are there specific words you always have trouble spelling? What are they? Why do you think some people can spell better than other people?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Remind students that being a poor speller does not mean a person is uneducated.  Many intelligent people have trouble correctly spelling difficult, and some easy words.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.2.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.E, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.2.B

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3-4 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts