Student Personalized Spelling Lists

Personalized spelling lists have really helped me to improve my students’ spelling. I wanted a system which picks up and corrects student errors and prompts them to use (and remember) the correct spelling in the future. I developed this system which is personal to each student.

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In each of my students’ exercise books I stuck a sheet of card which flips outwards. This can be folded back over so the books can be stored away neatly. Whenever a student spells a word incorrectly in their writing, I write the correctly spelt word on the flip out card. If a student asks me to spell a word for them, I write it onto the card. I do not let the students write on the card, only myself or my teaching assistant.  The great thing is that the student is able to write in their book whilst the card is flipped out, so they are able to refer to the words in any future writing. As they skim down their list, they are also reading and re-reading any words they have spelt wrong in the past. This further reinforces the correct spelling.

How to make personalized spelling lists:

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My students’ spelling has really improved since using these personalized spelling lists. They are simple and easy to make and I have had great results using them!

 

Halloween

Hi everyone,

So, Halloween is nearly here! Do you have plans for some spooky classroom activities this week? Halloween is a fantastic opportunity for creative writing and there are plenty of activities to help fire your students’ imagination at this spooktacular time of year!

Here are some of my favorites:

Setting Descriptions
Get your students to imagine they are in a haunted house (or other equally spooky location!Encourage them to use their senses to describe the setting. What can they hear? What can they see? What can they smell?

Character Profiles
Halloween is the perfect opportunity for some creepy character description. Students could describe a well known character such as Dracula or Frankenstein or they could make up their own spooky character.

Adventure Stories
Have a go at creating a Halloween-themed adventure story with some spooky characters and eerie settings.
Students could write instructions for their favorite Halloween party game. You could even follow the instruction and have a go at playing the games!

Poetry
I’ve been using my Spooky Halloween Writing Paper for some extra inspiration! Just click on the picture below to go directly to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to grab them.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study

I hope the new school year is going well for all of you who have started back already. I’ve just done my first week and I am TIRED!! Sooo glad it’s the weekend! Next Saturday 13th September is Roald Dahl day and next week I will be teaching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel study unit. I love using novels to teach across a range of different subject areas and this particular book is one of my favorites!

 

Here are some of my cross curricular ideas for using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the classroom:

Literacy

I get my students to write newspaper articles based on Charlie finding the final Golden Ticket. This pushes the students to write formally and use the features of a report.

Charlie Bucket’s house and the Inventing Room in the factory are fantastic to use as a basis for setting descriptions. I read the passages to the children and get them to imagine they are in that setting and then discuss what each of their senses would be experiencing, i.e. the creaking door in Charlie’s house or the potions bubbling over in the factory. I get encourage them to use descriptive language and finally the students write a paragraph based on each sense.

Science

The novel is also great to use as a basis for a unit on plants. you could get your student to write about the life cycle of the cacao plant and study the part of a flower.

You could also discuss nutrient and making sure the students understand the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

Social Science

Students can study a country where the cacao plant grows. Students could produce fact files on the country and learn key facts, main cities, river, and what life is like for the people who live there.

Technology

There is so much scope here to develop students’ skills. I have had my students aim to be the next Willy Wonka by designing their own chocolate product. I got them explore different ingredients which could go in their product, think about packaging and create a persuasive poster advertising their product. We even made the new chocolate product – lots of fun!

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All the ideas above, plus many more are included in my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to save you the hassle and time when planning your novel study. What are your plans for Roald Dahl day?