Back to basics

25th October 2013 at 01:00
The onset of textspeak is more a symptom than a cause of the general lack of spelling skill among the young. Tackle the issue head on with these gr8 resources

1. Hit list

What is it? A list of commonly misspelled words to refer to during lessons

What users say "A very handy tool. I plan on laminating the lists and placing them on the children's desks."


2. Spelling pack

What is it? A set of cards detailing simple spelling activities and strategies

What users say "It will really help to boost students' confidence."


3. Charting success

What is it? A "look, say, cover, write and check" spelling chart to help students learn and revise spellings

What users say "I added some simple pictures of eyes (look), mouth (say), hand (cover), pencil (write) and checkmark (check) to help my visual learners recall the steps."


4. Expert advice

What is it? More than 140 pages of spelling worksheets and advice from an experienced English teacher and examiner

What users say "This is an outstanding resource and includes a wealth of material."


5. Match points

What is it? A simple PowerPoint introduction to common homophones

What users say "Thanks, a great resource."


6. Focus on fun

What is it? A series of colourful worksheets to make spelling practice exciting and fun

What users say "So colourful and engaging! I will use this as a classroom display, as well as a card activity and for sharing with parents. Can't wait to share with my colleagues."


7. Group effort

What is it? A lesson plan for teaching spelling to a whole class through cooperative learning

What users say "Impressive. Just the ticket for me, an overworked and exhausted special educational needs coordinator."


8. Spelling steps

What is it? A variety of quick spelling activities to help build skill bit by bit

What users say "I'm a newly qualified teacher and I have been struggling to find ways of making my weekly spelling group more interesting, interactive and fun. These challenges are a massive help."


9. Puzzle prompts

What is it? A collection of online, interactive word puzzles to help students practise spelling

What users say "Superb resources for starters or plenaries."


10. Home truths

What is it? An extensive list of spelling activities that have been designed for home learning, but would be equally helpful in the classroom

What users say "A useful reminder about multisensory approaches to teaching and reinforcing spelling."


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