Steck-Vaughn Spelling

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This well-constructed spelling curriculum presents an integrated language arts approach to the study of spelling. Six-page lessons are provided with each list of spelling words, which affords ample opportunities to use the words in a variety of writing and language arts assignments. Each multi-page lesson begins with a word analysis page, which introduces a list of words derived from research on spelling difficulty and word frequency in students' writing. The words are organized to prompt analysis of sounds and letters as students study and learn each word. A Checkpoint page then provides a series of meaning-based prompts in the form of definitions, context clues, analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and word plays for writing each word again. The next two pages of each lesson are story pages that are composed of a passage to read. (Please note that in levels 7 and 8, these passages are contained on blackline masters, which we do not offer in our catalog.) Students must use context clues as they complete blanks in the passage using words from the lesson list, which is reprinted on these pages. Students then engage in a variety of activities that use the spelling list to work on grammar, usage, mechanics, and dictionary skills. Each lesson concludes with Words at Work, a series of activities in which students can extend and apply what they have learned throughout the lesson. The workbooks contain about 35 spelling lists and lessons. The workbooks also include other sections that give more advanced lessons with the spelling words. In the Challenge Yourself section, students build their vocabulary by studying challenge words that share the same phonetic or structural elements as the spelling words but range about two grade levels above the list words. In Write to the Point, students apply their spelling skills through a brief writing assignment related to the earlier reading passage. Finally, students practice proofreading for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and similar errors, using sentences or paragraphs that are also tied to the reading passage. Beginning in Level 2, every sixth lesson reviews representative words from each previous lesson and each book includes a glossary, listing the spelling and definition of each word featured in the books. Different levels in the series contain a few different features and obviously cover different levels of spelling words, but all follow this same basic format. They all include a Checkpoint Study Plan for self-assessment. While not extremely necessary, the teacher editions are great resources for this curriculum and will make completing the workbooks much more worthwhile and teaching the words immeasurably easier. They include reduced annotated student pages that display correct answers and facilitate instruction; detailed lesson plans that feature warm-up and follow-up activities, as well as guidelines for teaching; clear objectives that state the concepts and skills students should learn in each lesson; a spelling dictionary; word lists that include all lesson words and Challenge Words for a grade level, as well as the words for the level immediately above and below; a scope and sequence chart displaying the instructional content for a grade level, along with the content of the levels surrounding it; a Class Record-Keeping Chart that provides a convenient resource for tracking students' progress, and a review quiz for each lesson. A thorough series teaching spelling words and how to actually use them in writing. ~ Rachel S.
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Steck-Vaughn Spelling Grade 4 Teacher Edition Item #: 023337
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