with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
- Foundational Skills
What? The goal of spelling and phonics instruction is for students to be able to recognize and spell words accurately, so they can focus their attention on the meaning of the words. Students’ foundation should start with smaller units, then progress to larger units with root words, prefixes, suffixes, and multisyllabic words to help build word recognition.
This foundational skill follows a progression starting with basic spelling patterns, like CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, as well as words that do not follow phonetic patterns, like sight words. Throughout elementary school, students study increasingly complex phonetic patterns in order to achieve spelling mastery.
How to teach: Spelling practice doesn’t have to be boring! To make it fun, students can independently practice spelling using the interactive learning activity, Word-O-Pillar. Teachers can include this game in their phonics and spelling lesson plans during literacy centers or for spelling homework.
Students hear the word and the sentence, then drag and drop the letters to unscramble the word. Immediate feedback is provided, and students must unscramble the word correctly before moving on.
Teaching Tip: The audio feature of Word-O-Pillar is perfect for English Language Learners (ELLs), emergent readers and for a fun review of words from previous weeks. This game serves as a great practice activity in preparation for a spelling test.