Interactive Writing: Child and teacher share the pen. The teacher reads a story aloud to the class several times. Then discuss together the text to be written on large chart paper. Individual children write the letters/words they hear/know on the chart with a colorful marker. The teacher uses a different color marker and provides the letter/words the children don’t know, so the writing becomes a cooperative effort between the children and teacher. When the story rewrite is finished, the chart is put on the classroom wall and used as a text for students to read.
Journal Writing or Everyday Writing: Student writing that does not warrant the commitment necessary to produce a perfect copy as it is only written once. It is proofread for the grade level priority and core words as well as other Convention Traits.
Letter / Picture Charts: An instructional spelling word study strategy to acquire a sight spelling word bank for spellers to construct–generalizations using letter / picture symbols for phonics, words using common spelling rules, common misspelled words, homophones, look alike words, grade level core and priority high frequency (high frequency) words.
Making Words: see Word Sorts
Rainbow Writing: Is used most effectively for spelling and handwriting practice. Children use different colored crayons or markers to trace the letters of words, at least three times each.
Sort It: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book - a quick Exercise Express Activity. Sort It helps students to compare and contrast words to think about their
commonalities and differences. It is a means of exploring word development skill, including vocabulary, visual, structural analysis, and phonetic analysis.
Spelling Games: Spelling games that are designed to create interest in spelling. Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book contains games as well as other sources such as Words Their Way and some commercial spelling games.
Spelling Rules: See Spelling Rules page.
Staircasing: see Grid Activities
Stamping: linguistic spelling activity where individual letter stamps are used by students to spell the word.
Stretch It: from Rebecca Sitton’s Spelling Source Book - a quick Exercise Express Activity. Stretch It teaches students expand their sentences by taking a “bare bones” sentence and embellishing it to make it more informative and interesting (from simple to complex-compound sentence structure).
Thinking Maps: Thinking maps are eight visual-verbal tools. Each one is based on a fundamental thinking process and used together as a set of tools for showing relationships.