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Word Study Program: Post-Test Spelling Work

By Beth Newingham on March 15, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

I administer a weekly word study every Friday, and corrected tests are on the students' desks when they arrive at school on Monday morning. Then they complete the following tasks for their morning work:

  • High Frequency Word Highlighting: Any of the high frequency words that are spelled correctly on their test are highlighted in the students’ word study folder. If they misspell a high frequency word, they do not get to highlight the word (and it will be on their high frequency word list the following week).
  • Make New High Frequency Word List for the Following Week: Students then take the next “unhighlighted” high frequency words from their individualized HF word list and create a new list of five words in their Word Study Notebook inside their folder.
  • Record Misspelled Pattern Words: Students add any pattern words that they missed on the test to their “Words to Learn” list in their word study folder. During short weeks, we have students create spelling lists made up entirely of words they have missed earlier in the year that are on this list. This ensures that misspelled words are not ignored.

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