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Core Spelling Strategies Glossary

(Many of the glossary’s words with further explanations are found in Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book under Teaching Notes .)

ABC Books: spelling activity as defined in WORDS THEIR WAY. ABC Books are designed to develop all aspects of alphabet knowledge, including letter recognition (both upper and lower case), letter naming, letter writing, and letter sounds, commonly misspelled words, homophones, look alike words, grade level core words and priority (high frequency) words. Students can create their own ABC Books using spelling alphabet knowledge that has been learned.

Add It: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book a quick Exercise Express Activity . It is an analytical activity to teach students to examine a bank of words to discover a commonality and / or pattern among them. Then add words to the word that reflect the criterion.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Activities: Activities using one’s whole body to learn, or the use of movement, tactile and haptic activities to promote learning.

Cloze Activity: this term refers to a sentence completion techniques in which spelling words are strategically left out of a sentence so that the student can supply the correctly word. The student should use spelling strategies that have been learned such as using common spelling rules, grade level priority (high frequency) words and core words, recognizing misspelled words in writing, homophones and look alike words. This technique is often used on Standardized Spelling Test such as SAT 9, MAT 7, CAT 5, CTBS, Iowa, etc.

Elkonian Boxes: see Grid Activities

FIND IT: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book - a quick Exercise Express Activity FIND IT expands students’ word experiences by observing words using a stated criterion, finding and writing more words as well as proof reading words.

FINISH IT: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book - a quick Exercise Express Activity. FINISH IT provides practice in thinking, writing, spelling, and proofreading by posing an intriguing, yet incomplete, thought for students to finish. Students use their imagination to create a conclusion to an open-ended idea; write about it; and proofread their work.

FIX IT: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book - a quick Exercise Express Activity. Fix It provides instruction and practice on editing and proofreading. This activity Benefits student’s everyday writing by having the students edit their writing for spelling, word usage, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.

Grid Activities: (Elkonian Boxes / Shape of Words / Word Stairs (Staircasing) / Word Searches/ Crossword Puzzles: activities used to build visual skills using graph paper to make word games.

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