My teaching partner and I are very pleased with the word study program we have implemented in our classroom. The mix of daily lessons and word study activities/games really helps students apply the patterns they learn each week.
Last year we created our own lists each week. Each week a challenge list and a regular list was sent home based in students' performance on a pre-test. Students also had individualized words to study based on spelling inventories give at the beginning of the year. On the final test, students were given ten additional words that they were not able to study so that we were able to determine if they have mastered the application of the pattern taught for the week.
After implementing the program for one year, my teaching partner and I have been spending time reviewing each list and making some changes each week. Since the program continues to be a work in progress, we are not posting the lists online until I feel that they are "perfect."
The books/programs we use to help us create the lists and determine our sequential teaching of specific patterns for our third graders are Words their Way by Donald R. Bear and Word Study Lessons (Grade 3) by Fountas and Pinnell
Words their Way: http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_bear_words_3/
Word Study Lesssons: http://www.heinemann.com/products/002132.aspx
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