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Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program

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Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 30 minutes; thereafter: 20 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Leigh Hall

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


International Literacy Association



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From Theory to Practice



Spelling is more than just memorizing lists of words. For students to learn the spelling and meaning of vocabulary, they must have multiple, meaningful exposure to the words. This recurring lesson can be designed to meet the needs of individual students and includes a wide range of activities. Students begin with an assessment that is used to measure each student's developmental stage. Based on students' assessment scores, they will create individualized word lists and work with those spelling words in a variety of ways. They will have opportunities to work individually, with partners, and in small groups as they learn the new words.

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Giggle Poetry website Giggle Poetry: Students can use the engaging, humorous poems on this site to hunt for words that fit the spelling patterns they are studying.

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Fresch, M., & Wheaton, A. (1997). Sort, search, and discover: Spelling in the child-centered classroom. The Reading Teacher, 51, 2031.

  • By the time students enter third grade, they will have developed individual differences in their spelling abilities.

  • Individualized spelling instruction can help meet students' specific needs by providing them with words that are at an appropriate, instructional level.

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