Spelling Lists in a Developmental Word Study Program
Research indicates that a developmental, word study program is highly successful in producing independent spellers and writers. In Word Study, children advance through a progression of spelling development from reliance on sound to more intricate, pattern-based strategies. The goal, of course, is that this pattern, or rule recognition, will then be applied to everyday writing. Children learn not only to spell the assigned words correctly, but are more able to apply the spelling pattern to other words in both reading and writing.
In Word Study, your child is taught to explore the sound, pattern, and meaning relationships among words through various compare and contrast strategies called word sorts. A description of these sorts is described as suggested activities.
Basic Word Sort Read and sort the words into the correct categories. Some words may not fall into a category and will be listed as exceptions or oddballs.
Sort and Write Children should again sort and also write their words in the correct categories.
Blind Sort Lay down the key words or category cards. Read each word orally. The student must indicate where the word should be placed without seeing it. Or as a blind written sort, students should write the word in the correct category without looking at the sort card.
Sort and Rhyme Add rhyming words to each category checking for similar spelling patterns.
Word Hunt Look through books, magazines, or the newspaper for other words that fit the weeks pattern.
Level C: Within Word Patterns:
Level D: Syllables and Affixes