Week 1: r-controlled vowel patterns
Week 2: Words with the vowel -a that make /aw/
Week 3: Words with the vowel -o and make the /ong/
Week 4: Different spelling patterns for /oo/ as in 'noon'
Week 5: Different spelling patterns for /oo/ as in 'cook'
Week 6: Different spelling patterns for /ow/ as in 'now'
Week 7: Different spelling patterns for /oy/ as in 'toy'
Week 8: Double consonant 2+ syllable words
Week 9: Short vowel patterns in 3+ syllable words
Week 10: Long vowel patterns in 3+ syllable words
Weeks 11-12: Unique vowel patterns with 3+ syllables
Week 13: Changing words from singular to plural
Week 14: Add, delete, change letter clusters to make new words
Week 15: Understanding prefix meanings
Week 16: Understanding suffix meanings
Week 17: Words with 3 consonant clusters
Week 18: Use reading parts to help solve new words
Week 19: Words with the same sounds but different letters
Week 20: Words with common Greek roots
Week 21: Words with common Latin roots
Week 22: Words that share the same base or root word
Week 23: Homophones
Week 24: Homographs
Week 25: Hyphenated words
Week 26: Blending two words together
Week 27: Contractions
Week 28: Spelling patterns when changing from singular to plural
Weeks 29-30: Adding suffixes to words
Week 31: Words with -able and -ible
Week 32: Past tense words
Week 33: Dividing words after the first consonant blend
Week 34: Dividing words after a consonant digraph
Week 35: Word with consonant clusters that make one sound
Week 36:Making verbs into nouns by adding -sion
* This method of teaching spelling goes way beyond the traditional approach of assigning the same list of words to every student, having them memorize the words, taking a test, and then moving on.
* With these lessons and the framework for each week of learning (as described on the next few pages) you will find this spelling instruction much different than the traditional weekly spelling units!!
***Please note: Several of these lessons are the same as other grades. There are also several lessons that have been changed to meet the specific needs of 4th graders. Because I followed a continuum of learning as researched by Irene Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnell, several of the lessons are taught in more than one grade.
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