Students, always remember to read, read, read, tune in to the world around you, ask questions, investigate, follow your passions, and don't forget to PLAY!
Words their way suggested spelling activities for practice at home: Activity 1: Remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way---what does the sort reveal about spelling in general? Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible. You may want to time them.
Activity 2: Do a blind sort with your child. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down, and let your child move it if he or she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error.
Activity 3: Assist your child in doing a word hunt, looking for words in a book they have already read that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Try to find two or three words for each category.
Activity 4: Do a writing sort to prepare for the assessment. As you call out the words in a random order, your child should write them into categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even a third time.