This month in literacy we will be learning about types of a sentence. We will practice using punctuation for statements, questions, commands, and exclamation sentences.
Each day in literacy we will have writer's workshop where we practice and build on our writing and handwriting skills. This month we will reviewing capitals and punctuation. We will also be working on building our writing skills to write our own complete sentences.
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Each week our spelling words will be added to Kids A-Z. This is a great way for students to practice our words in a fun way! Students can login using atignor as the username and password is owls.
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Spelling Words for the year
Help: A story about friendship 9/12-9/16
Spelling Pattern: Short a and short i
1. has 2. bad 3. will 4. had 5. him 6. can 7. why 8. help 9. wag 10. six
11. sat 12. fix 13. if 14. hit 15. for
Big Red Lollipop 9/19-9/23
Spelling Pattern: Short e, o, and u
1. went 2. pet 3. fog 4. tug 5. tub 6. fix 7. one 8. see 9. tell 10. job
11. hut 12. bun 13. has 14. or 15. not
Not Norman 9/26-9/30
Spelling Pattern: Two-letter blends
1. grass 2. trips 3. crack 4. still 5. west 6. mask 7. clap 8. plans 9. milk
10. belt 11. fog 12. tub 13. by 14. he 15. she
Lola and Tiva 10/3-10/7
Spelling Pattern: Short a and long a
1. bag 2. cap 3. ham 4. bake 5. ate 6. mad 7. back 8. cape 9. made 10. rake 11. still 12. belt 13. into 14. done 15. your
Sled Dogs Run 10/17-10/21
Spelling Pattern short and long o
1. box 2. fox 3. dog 4. lock 5. pot 6. cone 7. home 8. nose 9. poke 10. rope 11. side 12. line 13. have 14. off 15. took
Woof! Woof! 10/31-11/4
Spelling Pattern short and long u
1. mule 2. fuse 3. plum 4. use 5. dug 6. cub 7. hum 8. huge 9. must 10. fun 11. rope 12. nose 13. look 14. yes 15. their
Turtle, Turtle 11/7-11/11
Spelling Pattern soft c and soft g
1. place 2. barge 3. trace 4. ice 5. bulge 6. badge 7. space 8. range 9. mice
10. cage 11. mule 12. huge 13. out 14. wash 15. saw
Baby Bears 11/14-11/18
Spelling Pattern ch, tch, sh, ph, th, ng, wh
1. chop 2. catch 3. shape 4. trash 5. phone 6. that 7. sting 8. thin 9. bring
10. while 11. place 12. badge 13. seven 14. isn’t 15. early
I Fall Down 11/28-12/2
Spelling Pattern: ai, ay, eigh, ey
1. nail 2. train 3. main 4. hay 5. stay 6. break 7. steak 8. weigh 9. sleigh 10. prey 11. scrape 12. strange 13. good 14. often 15. two
Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars 12/5-12/9
Spelling Pattern: Long i
1. light 2. sight 3. mind 4. cry 5. tie 6. high 7. wild 8. dry 9. try 10. lie 11. hay 12. steak 13. begin 14. those 15. apart
Spelling pattern: o, oa, ow, oe
1. told 2. most 3. float 4. coat 5. toast 6. grow 7. mow 8. show 9. Joe 10. toe 11. light 12. mind 13. only 14. our 15. who
Wild Weather 1/9-1/13
Spelling Pattern: Long e-e, ee, ea, ie, y, ey
1. we 2. bee 3. need 4. queen 5. mean 6. leaf 7. thief 8. chief 9. pony 10. keys 11. grow 12. toe 13. after 14. every 15. special
Rain Forest 1/23-1/27
Spelling Pattern: silent letters- wr, kn, gn, mb, sc
1. comb 2. crumb 3. scene 4. scent 5. gnat 6. sign 7. knife 8. know 9. wrist 10. writing 11. cube 12. music 13. don’t 14. eat 15. very
Spelling Pattern: r-controlled vowels- er, ir, ur, or
1. clerk 2. herd 3. first 4. skirt 5. stir 6. churn 7. hurt 8. burst 9. work 10. worse 11. know 12. wrist 13. found 14. from 15. today
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin 2/6-2/10
Spelling Pattern: or, ore, oar, ar
1. port 2. north 3. more 4. store 5. oar 6. roar 7. board 8. part 9. start 10. park 11. first 12. hurt 13. ago 14. carry 15. people
How the Beetle Got Her Colors 2/13-2/17
Spelling Pattern: eer, ere, ear
1. deer 2. cheers 3. steer 4. here 5. jeer 6. near 7. ear 8. dear 9. clear 10. spear 11. store 12. north 13. again 14. house 15. inside
Once Upon a Baby Brother 2/20-2/24
Spelling Pattern: oy, oi
1. soil 2. broil 3. moist 4. point 5. toil 6. oil 7. toy 8. joy 9. coin 10. noise 11. crown 12. mound 13. I’ll 14. laugh 15. maybe
Brave Bessie 3/6-3/10
1. room 2. flu 3. June 4. new 5. glue 6. fruit 7. crook 8. could 9. full 10. push
11. point 12. coin 13. along 14. ever 15. strong
The Woodcutter's Gift 3/13-3/17
1. ball 2. small 3. paw 4. jaw 5. pause 6. sauce 7. taught 8. chalk 9. walk
10. sought 11. new 12. fruit 13. city 14. own 15. read
The Golden Flower 3/20-3/24
1. pencil 2. magnet 3. publish 4. supper 5. letter 6. lady 7. gravy 8. solo 9. open 10. odor 11. lead 12. touch 13. door 14. front 15. someone
My Light 3/27-3/31
1. state 2. replace 3. nine 4. ninety 5. side 6. sidewalk 7. face 8. outside 9. these 10. tadpole 11. letter 12. magnet 13. alone 14. beside 15. round Challenge
Astronaut Handbook 4/10-4/14
1. lit 2. little 3. set 4. settle 5. rip 6. ripple 7. pad 8. paddle 9. middle 10. bubble 11. outside 12. replace 13. follow 14. listen 15. something
Money Madness 4/17-4/21
1. way 2. away 3. root 4. balloon 5. play 6. display 7. reach 8. enjoy 9. explain 10. meadow 11. little 12. middle 13. complete 14. enough 15. river
Literacy homework will be sent home at the beginning of each week and is due at the end of each week. The homework will include a one minute reading fluency and comprehension question page that students are expected to complete each night Monday-Thursday.
Extra copies of the reading fluency Homework
Extra copies of our optional monthly reading challenge pages
We will have a spelling test every Friday. We will practice these words in class each day but students are expected to also practice at home, if needed.
Spelling Practice Ideas
If you are looking for spelling practice ideas, here is a great list of fun ideas.
1. 3-D Words- Use Play Dough or clay to sculpt your spelling words.
2. ABC Order- First write your spelling words in a list. Then write them again in alphabetical order.
3. Air Write- Write your spelling words in the air using your finger. Have a partner read your words as you write them OR a parent can “air write” your words and your job is to read the words.
4. Back Writing- Use your finger to spell out each of your spelling words, one letter at a time, on your mom or dad’s back. Then it’s YOUR turn to FEEL and spell.
5. Backwards Words- Write your spelling words forwards. Then write them a second time backwards.
6. Blue Vowels- Write each of your spelling words. Using a blue colored pencil, trace over the vowels in each word. Remember the vowels are: a e i o u
7. Bubble Letters- Write each of your spelling words in bubble letters. After you finish, color your words with crayon or colored pencils.
8. Buzzing Bees- Draw and color an outdoor picture. Count your spelling words. Draw a bee for each of your spelling words. Then write the words inside each of the “spelling” bees. Write neatly!
9. Choo-choo Words- Write the entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colored crayons for each word.
10. Code Words- Come up with a code for each letter of the alphabet. Write down your code. Then write your spelling words in code. You must write the actual spelling word next to the “code word.” Example: a= b= c=
11. Colorful Words- Write each of your spelling words. Write each letter using a different colored pencil.
12. Connect the Dots- Write your spelling words in dots. Then connect the dots by tracing over them with a colored pencil.
13. Delicious Words- Spray a small amount of whipped cream (or anything you can eat) on a plate and spread it out. Write your spelling words in the whipped cream and be sure to clean up afterwards… yummy!
14. Dots Game- Make a square of 4 rows of dots with 4 dots in each row. Before taking a turn, the player must spell a spelling word correctly. If the word is correct, the player can connect two dots. When a player forms a square by connecting dots, he can write his initials in the box. The player with the most squares at the end of the game wins!
15. Draw and Label- Draw and label your spelling words. You must color your drawings. Don’t forget to add lots of great detail!
16. Dusty Words- Go outside to your sandbox and write your words in the sand.
17. Etch a Word- Use an Etch-A-Sketch to write your spelling words. Read the words to a parent or sibling.
18. Fancy Letters- Write your spelling words. Then write them again using fancy letters.
19. Flash Writing- In a darkened room; use a flashlight to write your spelling words in the air. Have a partner read your words as you write them OR a parent can “flash write” your words and your job is to read the words.
20. Clean Words- Find a counter top or flat surface that can be cleaned easily. Spray a small amount of shaving cream and spread it out. Write your spelling words in the shaving cream and be sure to clean up afterwards!
21. Goofy Spelling Story- Write a goofy spelling story using each of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your words as you use them. Illustrate and color your story!
22. Hidden Words- Draw a picture and write your spelling words in the picture. Try to hide the words!
23. Hopscotch Words- Make a hopscotch board on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk. Write letters instead of numbers. You get to HOP your words!
24. Letter Writing- Write a friendly letter to a teacher or friend using each of your spelling words. Underline the spelling words that you use in your letter.
25. Magazine Words- Use an old magazine and find your words (or the letters that make up your word). Cut it out and glue it on your paper.
26. Match-Up- Write each of your words on two different index cards. Turn all the cards face down and mix them up. Lay out your cards in rows (like Concentration) and flip over two cards at a time. Read each card aloud to see it they match. Keep them if they do or flip over and try again.
27. Make Some Music- Write a song or rap that includes your words! Share with a friend or family member.
28. Newsy Words- Use old magazines, catalogs, or newspapers to cut out letters. Glue the letters down on a piece of paper to spell your words. *Helpful Hint: Cut out lots of extra letters. Store them in a Ziploc bag for future use. This is a huge timesaver!
29. Other Handed- If you are right handed, write your spelling words using your left hand. If you are left handed, write your spelling words using your right hand.
30. Pasta Words- Arrange alphabet pasta or Alphabits cereal to form your spelling words. Glue onto a piece of paper.
31. Practice Test- Take a practice test. Have your Mom or Dad ask you to spell your spelling words. Write them on a list. Check your practice test and correct any missed words. This would be an especially good activity to complete on Thursday night.
32. Pyramid Words- Write your spelling words in a pyramid shape. Start with the first letter. On the next line, write the first two letters. On the third line, write the first three letters. Continue until you have written the entire word. Example: them t th the them
33. Rainbow Write- First write your words using a pencil. Then trace over your words with a crayon. Then trace a second time with a different colored crayon. Finally trace a third time with another different colored crayon. Trace NEATLY and you will see the rainbow!
34. Rhyming Words- Write each of your spelling words. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. If necessary, your rhyming words can be nonsense words, but make them follow the same spelling pattern.
35. Scrabble- Use Scrabble tiles to spell out your spelling words. For a little extra math practice, figure out the value of each of your words!
36. Secret Agent Words- Number the alphabet from 1-26. Example: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4, e=5, etc. Then convert your words to a number code.
37. Sentence, Please- Write sentences using each of your spelling words. You may use more than one word in a sentence, but you must write at least 10 sentences. Underline your spelling words.
38. Sign Your Words- Use sign language finger spelling to sign the spelling of your words. Check out Unity Kid’s site http://www.unitykid.com/signlanguage.html to see animated hands making the letters so you can practice!
39. Silly Sentences- Write silly sentences that include your spelling words. Underline your words.
40. Sound Words- Use a tape recorder to record your spelling words and their spelling. Then rewind your tape and listen to it, checking to see that you spelled all the words correctly.
41. Speller-cize- Pretend you are a cheerleader and call out your words!
42. Spelling Flashcards- Make a set of flashcards to practice your spelling words. When you look at your flashcard, read the word and then spell it out loud. *Example- there t-h-e-r-e. 54. *Spelling Flowers- Draw a picture of a great big flower. Write each of your spelling words on one of the flower petals or on a leaf. Draw extra flowers if you run out of room.
43. Spelling Poem- Write a poem using several of your spelling words. Underline the words that you use. Illustrate your poem. You can write any kind of poem that you like.
44. Spelling Shapes- Count your spelling words. Draw one shape for each word. Then write your spelling words inside each of the shapes.
45. Squiggly Spelling Words- You are going to write your spelling words two times. First write in regular letters. Then write the words again in squiggly letters!
46. Story, Story- Write a story using ALL of your spelling words. You may type your story and email it to me (email@example.com) if you would like to share it with the class
47. Superman Letter- Your job is to write a creative letter to Superman (or another superhero). In your letter, you must use each of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your words as you use them.
48. Telephone Words- Look at your telephone keypad. Translate each letter into the numbers on the keypad. Now write your spelling words using this code!
49. Three Times- Write your spelling words three times. First write your words in pencil. Second, write each word in crayon. Third, write each word in marker.
50. Toss a Word- Toss (or roll) a ball back and forth with a partner. You say the 1st letter, and then toss and your partner says 2nd letter, and so forth.
51. Trace a Shape- Draw a shape for each of your spelling words. Then trace each shape by writing your spelling words around them.
52. Trace Around- Write each of your spelling words using a pencil. Then trace around each word with a crayon, colored pencil, or a marker.
53. Type ‘Em- Type your spelling words on the computer. Make each word have a different font.
54. UPPER and lower- Write your spelling words two times each. The first time, write each word in UPPERCASE letters. Write your words a second time in lowercase letters.
55. Vowel Circle- Write each of your spelling words in a list. Then go back and circle all of the vowels in your words! Don’t forget to write neatly!
56. Word Search- Make a word search puzzle using your spelling words. Use the Discovery School’s online Puzzle Maker http://www.puzzlemaker.com. Then find your words!
57. Words Within Words- Write each spelling word and then write at least two words made from the same letters. Example: slide side lie lid led etc