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Word Study Program: Making Word Lists, Continued

By Beth Newingham on February 22, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

In addition to coming up with 10 Pretest Words and 20 Assigned Pattern Words for our word lists, my teaching partner and I also devised the following.

10 New Pattern Words: We also choose 10 pattern words that the students are not given ahead of time to study. These words are unknown to the students until the day of the test, but they have been exposed to them during the lesson and during word study center activities. This part of the test shows whether or not students are truly able to apply the weekly spelling pattern to new words that they were not just able to memorize. We tend to choose words similar in difficulty to the regular pattern word list.

Additional Words for Center Activities: We use all of the words from the 40 described above when creating games and other word study center activities, but we also include many other words that follow the weekly pattern that may not be on the list. The goal is not for students to just learn how to spell specific words, but to expose them to as many words as possible that follow the patterns. In doing so, students can compare and contrast the words and begin to internalize the way certain letters work together to make specific sounds in words that share a common pattern.

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I think that this sounds great! Do you have the lists you have created with your teaching partner posted anywhere on the Internet? I teach 3rd grade and am not happy with the word lists that go along with our basal reader and would love to see what lists you have created if possible.

This is a very useful post. Thanks.

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