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I'm teaching grade 1 in the upcoming year and would like to improve upon my spelling lists for Sept. Does anyone have sample lists/ideas/resources they can post? So far, I'm trying to decide between purchasing words their way by donald bear or spelling through phonics. Which one would you rec?


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Words Their Way!
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I love words their way because it is truly differentiated, the assessments inform your teaching of not only spelling but writing and reading too, and I have seen SO MUCH growth in my 1st graders. You can buy supplementary books with pre-made word sorts that are organized into units (they are pretty cheap on amazon) or you can make up your own. Let me know if you have any other questions about this program ... I LOVE IT!
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I agree with PP, WTW is the best. I use it in conjunction with Month by Month Phonics (Cunningham & Hall) and it works. I have seen such growth from my 1st and 2nd graders -- very user friendly. Take the time to read through the book...it's a bit dense, but worth the background information.
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I third WTW!! You gain SO much information just from the spelling inventory and the parents love that their child is learning at an appropriate developmental level.

For phonics, I supplement with Fountas and Pinnell phonics lessons.
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WTW is a great way to go too. For me it was a clear and cut way to see where my students stood, I was able to put them in groups easily, and it already had ideas/activities to do with them. I really didn't have to think of activities for them to do. I did a rotation of activities, for example wikki sticks, stamps, bingo, writing, games, etc..... All they had to do was work on their specific concepts and words. I like it alot!


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Not about memorizing weekly lists but about dictation
Should always be linked to phonics skill for the week as well as syllables
Use word wall for high frequency word spelling to use in their writing
I like Nina Traubbs " Recipe for Reading"
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I'm with the group on this way. WTW is fantastic and a must have. I actually use Ganske's Word Journeys for assessment and Ganske's Word Sorts Book for activities too. I like F & P grade level phonics activities too.
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My district is moving to WOrds their Way next year. I am having a difficult time giving up the Scott Foresman phonics readers. Do you think a supplemental phoics program is necessary in addition to words their way?
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