We use Month by Month Phonics (the Word Work component of 4 Blocks) and Words Their Way in our district. I have spelling groups, based on the Words Their Way assessment (so some are working on blends and digraphs while others are working on r-controlled vowels). I pick 5 Word Wall words for all of the students (so no matter what group they are in, they will have these words for spelling) and then the students pick 5 words from their "rule words" (blends or r-controlled depending on the group). I have them write down their extra 5 words in 2 places -- a list that goes into their book box (so they can use it during workboard time to practice spelling) and in their HW packet so it goes home. For spelling tests, I give the students words that contain the rule they studied, but may contain other spelling patterns are well (so shifting around the short vowels with the blends/digraphs group, or incorporating trickier blends and digraphs with the r-controlled group). This way I can see what additional skills they have or don't have, while still assessing how well they learned the skill of the week.
Hope this helps!
06-09-2009 06:19 PM
I used Treasures this year too and feel that the spelling was weak. I am also going to do word wall words next year for my spelling words.
I also have the Systematic Phonics They Use book as well as the Phonics They Use book that I am going to use with the kids next year.
05-21-2009 04:15 PM
We use Treasures at my school and did try to do the Word Wall along with the spelling and it was just too much. We found that the spelling words were just that-spelling words-and the students weren't using them in their writing at all. So next year we are getting rid of the spelling words and just doing word wall words. I agree that the 5 words a week is way too easy for some students so I plan on also having review word wall words and maybe 1-2 challenge words each week as well.
05-03-2009 06:08 AM
I am also wanting to implement 4blocks. My question is how do you address the typical spelling list. How do you have time to do both? I don't think my parents would like it if I dropped spelling.
05-03-2009 02:47 AM
The Four-Blocks incorporates on a daily basis four different approaches to teaching children to read - Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing, and Working with Words. Check out these links for a great overview and ideas. It is called different "blocks" for different levels...Kindergarten is Building Blocks, primary is Four Blocks, upper elementary is Big Blocks.