February 27, 2012
I think I’ve mentioned before how our new spelling series focuses a great deal on the syllables of each word…which is great because that is something I have always done with my ELL students.
The more we focus on syllables and the patterns of certain syllable sounds, the more my students progress in their spelling (which can be a challenge, since they are just learning the language, but working with words at a fourth and fifth grade level).
So, our spelling series comes with a sheet that helps the students break the words down by syllables…but I didn’t like the layout of it so I made my own version of it. Actually, a couple of different ones! This is the one we tend to use the most…
My newer, more limited English proficient students write the words from they spelling list, by syllable count. They do so by reading them aloud together in small groups…or they sometimes use the audio feature of Spelling City to hear unfamiliar words in English (LOVE that site!).
My students with more English proficiency sort the words and breaking them down by syllables as well, to see the parts of each word (tel-e-vi-sion). This helps them not only with their current words, but also to identify patterns among words they know and/or have already learned (like the “sion” ending).
We keep these in our binders, along with some other spelling graphic organizers we use each week when studying new spelling words and their features.
I thought it was something that could perhaps be used by others, so wanted to share it on here.
On a separate note…have you heard about the party?? I mean the TPT Linky Party! It’s huge!! I don’t have a TPT store, but I am a BIG fan of many bloggers who do have them and I can’t wait for the sale. You probably have seen them around your blogroll. You can check out Reagan’s here at her blog, Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits. So cool!
Ok…here’s the file! I hope you have a relaxing evening!