Hello! I made this spelling rules reference for my students in my Year 4, 5 & 6 Booster Groups. I made several sets so that I have 2-3 sets for school, and a few sets to send home with students. The cards start with tricky sounds and move on to explaining spelling rules with examples (taken from National Curriculum spellings). There are 67 pages!! Additionally I have resources for Phases 2-5, National Curriculum Year 3, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 word list on TES.
This is a bit time-consuming to make, but I feel that it is absolutely worth it. Through trial and error, I have fixed the document so that hopefully it is not as labour-intensive for you as it was for me initially.
1. Decide how you will copy the word lists. I chose to copy the cover on a separate colour. NOTE: colour is a big deal. The children really like the colour! Then I copied each section on one colour, the next section on another colour, etc (there are 7 sections). I did this so that when students practise with their cards, they can break them up by colour (for example practising the yellow cards on Monday, the orange cards Tuesday, etc). For some of the sections there are many example cards-don’t feel you have to use all of them! Equally if I didn’t include specific sounds that you need for your students (as in the first section which has ‘r’ words, silent ‘e’, contractions etc, then you use the parent page as a template to create your own).
2. Laminate or print on cardstock.
3. Cut, hole punch and put on ring (as mentioned, this does take some time to assemble, but then the words are all in one place!)
TIP: I told my students that this took a long time to put together and to really take care of it. I also told them to return it either when I ask or when they feel they have most of the rules mastered. It is not to keep forever! Since I made a point of telling them this, they seem to understand a bit more. I ask them frequently how it's going with their cards and what strategies they have for practising their cards (some say their parents test them, some practise in the car, etc). I’ve had many parents tell me that they didn’t know how to help their child with the spellings before and that the cards have helped greatly.