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Old 09-15-2019, 08:10 AM
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My students each have a 1 page sheet of frequently used words from Jan Richardson that they keep with them. They are supposed to use it to check 5 words each time they write. Not all do, as it is not easy for them and/or they are lazy about doing it. But, I try...

I wouldn't worry about what parents think...2nd graders are not expected to spell every single word correctly. They are 7 and just completed 1st grade. Many are still learning to read. I'd rather their thoughts come out onto paper freely then them being so focused on spelling that their ideas never make it to paper.

Their words to practice (esp. sight words) do come from their writing. For spelling, I individualize it based upon the Jan Richardson Word Inventory. So, each child is working on a different spelling pattern. Ideally, once they've worked on that pattern for a week or 2, it should show up in their writing. Again, doesn't always work that way, but...

In guided reading groups, word work also focuses on either sight words, a spelling pattern, or both. Depends upon the group.

It all comes together, slowly...
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