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Spelling K-8

Planning and Teaching

Diane Snowball and Faye Bolton

Spelling K–8 meets the needs of schools and districts that want to put systematic teaching in place without compromising the principles of constructivist learning. Children are actively engaged in spelling explorations, being guided by their teachers, forming generalizations that reflect their current understanding about how written English works. Suggestions are also offered for children whose first language is not English. This book addresses the issues that administrators and parents are concerned about—especially phonics and high frequency words—and offers teachers a wealth of strategies and resources to draw on.

 

Product Details

  • Author: Diane Snowball and Faye Bolton
  • ISBN: 978-157110-074-0
  • Year:1999
  • Media: 280 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-8
  • Item No: WEB-0074


Spelling K-8 meets the needs of schools and districts that want to put systematic teaching in place without compromising the principles of constructivist learning. Recognizing the professional expertise of classroom teachers, the authors consistently urge teachers to consider the suggested plan in relation to their children's spelling needs. Children are actively engaged in spelling explorations, being guided by their teachers, forming generalizations that reflect their current understanding about how written English works. Specific suggestions are also offered for children whose first language is not English. Spelling K-8 addresses the issues that administrators and parents are concerned about - especially phonics and learning high-frequency words - and offers teachers a wealth of strategies and resources to draw on.

Spelling K-8 assists teachers in:

  • understanding current beliefs about teaching and learning and means of translating these into classroom practice;
  • implementing specific types of spelling investigations, such as sounds, spelling patterns or suffixes, by clearly outlining the general process involved in spelling explorations;
  • identifying the possible spelling focuses for children in each grade level, taking into consideration their needs and the explorations they have been introduced to in previous years;
  • relating the teaching of spelling to reading and writing experiences in a variety of curriculum areas;
  • knowing the generalizations children need to learn to enable them to understand how written English works.

Spelling K-8 will help you plan the teaching of spelling at a whole-school level and at each grade level.

Table of Contents

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Contents
1. Introduction
2. Principles and Practices
3. Planning a School Spelling Program
4. Letters
5. Phonological Awareness
6. Onsets and Rimes
7. Sounds
8. Spelling Patterns
9. Contractions
10. Compound Words
11. Homophones
12. Plurals
13. Prefixes and Suffixes
14. Derivatives and Origins of English Words
15. Apostrophes for Possessives and Plurals
16. Proofreading
17. High-Frequency Words
18. Personal Words to Learn
19. Sample Schedules for a School Spelling Program
Appendixes A: Student Checklists
B: Questions Parents Ask
C: Class Words
D: Personal Words
Index

About the Authors

Faye Bolton
Faye is a native of Melbourne, Australia and she conducts onsite, ongoing professional development in schools in New York City and Australia. She had worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy consultant in New Zealand, the U.S. and Australia. >more

Diane Snowball
Diane hails from Australia and travels a lot between her home and New York. In her long career as a teacher, she's been a teacher of mathematics and science, teacher librarian, assistant principal and literacy consultant, among many other duties. >more

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