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Making Student Word Study Folders

By Beth Newingham on February 26, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

It is important for students to have a place to organize all of their word study materials. We use a Duo-Tang folder to hold the following resources:

Word Study Notebook: Students keep a small notebook in the front pocket of their folder. They use this notebook to write the five high frequency words they will be studying each week.

High Frequency Word Lists: In the middle of the folder, students have their highlighted high frequency word lists. When their corrected tests are returned to them, they highlight the high frequency words that they spelled correctly. When they make their new list for the week, they choose the next five words that are not highlighted. (Remember, words that are not highlighted are words that they spelled incorrectly on the high frequency word inventory at the beginning of the year.)

Words to Learn List: Students rewrite any pattern word that is spelled incorrectly on their test on this page. This ensures that misspelled words are not ignored. Every so often, students will have a week in which their entire spelling list is made up of these misspelled pattern words from their “Words to Learn” list.

Word Study Center Recording Sheets: Students keep all of their word study center recording sheets in the back pocket of their folder. Every couple of weeks, students staple these sheets together and turn them in to be corrected.

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I, too, am a third grade teacher. I like this, but have questions popping up in my mind as I read it. Do you give spelling tests on Fridays? How? What do you use for kids who are past the high frequency word lists? Are you using the Dolch words? I give ten words a week that are in a certain word family, or same digraphs or blends. Then I give kids ten more words (unstudied) in same family to spell. Is five enough? What do you tell parents to explain doing this versus the traditional list, class gets it and studies, test Friday...parents will study spelling words with their child where they won't do much else with them here...ideas? I love your methods and am so interested! Thank you from Oklahoma!

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