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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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Stacy Hall

August 11, 2013

I'm going to try this idea in class. I did something similar with using Words Their Way last year. I like how writing is incorporated into the lessons. Words Their Way is an excellent resource for spelling lists based on the child's developmental level. WTW also has great pre-tests.
Hope this helps,


Dana Williams

October 01, 2012

http://resourceroom.net/readspell/wordlists/default.asp has a wide variety of words that are sorted into phonics categories. Our district's spelling program is similar to this unit plan. The difficulty we encounter is that students don't receive much direct instruction with word patterns. Therefore, they can memorize their basic words, but cannot apply it to their writing. I like to offer bonus words on the post test which follow the pattern, but are new to them. This shows a transfer of learning.


Herrick Forsyth

September 24, 2011

The question that I have is do you you any ideas/resources for word banks. I know you mentioned them. I have various books, etc. but having the children (third graders) pick pick from a separate source, which isn't using the same spelling pattern, doesn't make much sense.

Waddya think? :-)

Coyote Creek Elementary School (Colorado)


Kathy Sutton

September 06, 2011

I am very interested in this approach. Where do I find the pretest lists and the other lists?



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