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Do you give spelling tests?
Old 01-15-2017, 06:31 PM
 
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We use words their way, and we were told spelling tests didn't help them learn their patterns. I just reassessed using the spelling inventory, and most have shown good growth. But there are a few who haven't. Do you think I should start having the lowest students take a weekly spelling test so the parents up the ante at home? Maybe they will practice more if a test is involved? What are your thoughts? TIA!



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We give spelling tests.
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Spelling tests are the only things some parents get involved in.
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I give weekly spelling tests. It's one of the simplest ways to give feedback to students and parents. Besides, our school has an annual Spelling Bee and it helps the children prepare for it.
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I think I need to start. I was trying to not do them to see if they made the same growth, but I'm afraid to say they didn't. So, for the new year, the weekly tests will commence.

Thanks for your input.
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It is an easy thing for parents to help with at home.


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I do give weekly spelling tests. I include the grades with language.
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No, I do not give weekly tests
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I do expect that my second graders are able to write the high frequency words they have learned to read in first grade. They have access to them all year as I teach first and second grade together. I evaluate them at the end of each term.
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I noticed parents loved spelling homework. Easy for them to help with and not subjective about whether the student is good at it or not.

However, I am careful not to use spelling tests as a way to memorize spelling patterns. They need to be explicitly taught spelling rules and spelling tests should be given as an assessment to direct instruction.
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When I looked carefully at the latest spelling inventory, I saw that most were progressing satisfactorily. I do have a few low kids who needed some motivation (and extra practice at home) so just that group is being tested weekly. I only did two test so far, so the jury's out. I am making sure to give a couple of words from previous sorts to see if they are retaining the patterns (not so much...) I'll see if this is helping!

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Give dictation sentences as spelling tests using all the words thus far including sight words. Take points off for improper capitalization, punctuation as well. It's much more practical!


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That's a great suggestion- thank you! I think I will!
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I gave weekly dictation test for the first two trimesters and it made the students more accountable for the spelling patterns. Students could not just simply study a list of words but instead practice the spelling pattern we were learning for the week. It gave me a clear look at who was getting the patterns and who wasn't, which allowed for interventions. The third trimester we switch to traditional spelling tests with a dictation, since this is what our second grade does.
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