Spelling packets for weekly homework can be a pretty boring, daunting task for our students. The 4th grade teachers I work with decided to spice it up a bit from now on and gave their students an option sheet. There are about 10 different options and each option has a point value. The students have to complete enough activities to have 100 points, and they can go over for ExTrA CrEdIt. Sometimes, the spelling words are also the weekly vocab words, so it is also important for the students to not only know how to spell the words, but know what they mean. I personally LOVE this change, and I know the students do as well! Here are some of their options:
You can have students used Word Shapes and Symbol/Drawings for any new “term” introduced, regardless of the subject! These words are from a social studies unit on the Revolutionary War. I love using these because the students aren’t just copying the words OVER and OVER, or looking up the word definition in the back of the book and using the word in the sentence. With these activities, students are MAKING CONNECTIONS and those connections engrave the words in their brains. It’s amazing!
Another thing I introduced this week was Sentence Strips. My students cannot for the life of me write in complete sentences. Their classroom teachers and I having been stressing on Sentence S.W.A.G. which I believe originated from the wonderful Amy Lemons. Below is the little anchor chart I created for my classroom and I printed off mini-versions of what is below for my students to reference.