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    Our "spelling program" differs from a traditional spelling program where kids receive a list of words on Monday and are tested on those words on Friday.  The goal of the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program is for students to learn to spell correctly in their everyday writing, not just for a Friday test. Our focus is on Word Study.  Students are held accountable across the curriculum for the correct spelling of priority words. The program recycles words and skills for long term mastery.

     

     

    4th Grade Core Words

     

     

    336.  become

    337.  grow

    338.  draw

    339.  yet

    340.  less

    341.  wind

    342.  behind

    343.  cannot

    344.  letter

    345.  among

    346.  able

    347.  dog

    348.  shown

    349.  mean

    350.  English

    351.  rest

    352.  perhaps

    353.  certain

    354.  six

    355.  feel

    356.  fire

    357.  ready

    358.  green

    359.  yes

    360.  built

    361.  special

    362.  ran

    363.  full

    364.  town

    365.  complete

    366.  oh

    367.  person

    368.  hot

    369.  anything

    370.  hold

    371.  state

    372.  list

    373.  stood

    374.  hundred

    375.  ten

    376.  fast

    377.  felt

    378.  kept

    379.  notice

    380.  can't

    381.  strong

    382.  voice

    383.  probably

    384.  area

    385.  horse

    386.  matter

    387.  stand

    388.  box

    389.  start

    390.  that's

    391.  class

    392.  piece

    393.  surface

    394.  river

    395.  common

    396.  stop

    397.  am

    398.  talk

    399.  whether

    400.  fine

    401.  round

    402.  dark

    403.  past

    404.  ball

    405.  girl

    406.  road

    407.  blue

    408.  instead

    409.  either

    410.  held

    411.  already

    412.  warm

    413.  gone

    414.  finally

    415.  summer

    416.  understood

    417.  moon

    418.  animals

    419.  mind

    420.  outside

     

     

    421.  power

    422.  problem

    423.  longer

    424.  winter

    425.  deep

    426.  heavy

    427.  carefully

    428.  follow

    429.  beautiful

    430.  everyone

    431.  leave

    432.  everything

    433.  game

    434.  system

    435.  bring

    436.  watch

    437.  shell

    438.  dry

    439.  within

    440.  floor

    441.  ice

    442.  ship

    443.  themselves

    444.  begin

    445.  fact

    446.  third

    447.  quite

    448.  carry

    449.  distance

    450.  although

    451.  sat

    452.  possible

    453.  heart

    454.  real

    455.  simple

    456.  snow

    457.  rain

    458.  suddenly

    459.  easy

    460.  leaves

    461.  lay

    462.  size

    463.  wild

    464.  weather

    465.  miss

    466.  pattern

    467.  sky

    468.  walked

    469.  main

    470.  someone

    471.  center

    472.  field

    473.  stay

    474.  itself

    475.  boat

    476.  question

    477.  wide

    478.  least

    479.  tiny

    480.  hour

    481.  happened

    482.  foot

    483.  care

    484.  low

    485.  else

    486.  gold

    487.  build

    488.  glass

    489.  rock

    490.  tall

    491.  alone

    492.  bottom

    493.  check

    494.  reading

    495.  fall

    496.  poor

    497.  map

    498.  friend

    499.  language

    500.  job

     

     

    You can learn more by visiting sittonspelling.com

     

    Ensure students’ transfer of spelling skills through:

    • Students’ discovery of spelling skills and concepts through word collection and analysis
    • Spelling mastery of high frequency writing words with the help of formative assessment
    • A focus on students’ proofreading accountability

     

    How is Sitton Spelling and Word Skills® different?

    Sitton Spelling and Word Skills® sets itself apart from other programs by bringing together unique elements which enable students to master spelling,language, and word skills. These important skills strengthen the students’ word knowledge to help them to become better writers.

     

    Sitton Spelling and Word Skills

    vs.

    The usual spelling program

    Students’ active learning of spelling skills & concepts for long term learning and application to many more words

     

    A list of words given on Monday and studied for short-term memorization to obtain a Friday test grade

    Formative assessment to guide instruction and identify words students have not yet mastered

    Automatic follow-up testing to assess mastery

     

    A Friday test grade with no follow-up instruction or assessment for words missed

    Accountability of spelling skills through proofreading everyday writing, with a “no excuses” outlook for misspelling assigned words

     

    Proofreading exercises related to the spelling list

    A set core curriculum with opportunities to adapt instruction through teacher choice and optional extension activities

     

    Fixed instructional strategies

    Opportunities for differentiation:

    • Multiple, varied activities for each concept
    • Flexible instructional formats
    • Recycling of skills and concepts
    • Individualized spelling lists with minimal teacher effort
     

    Opportunities for differentiation:

    • More words or longer words for students who need additional challenge
    • Shortened word list for struggling spellers

     

     

     Fun Spelling Practice Ideas

     

    Rebecca Sitton Spelling Activities - created by East Lansing Schools

          Practice our core words for each unit with fun games!

    Furious Frogs

          A fun game to practice antonyms, synonyms and homonyms.

    Word Invasion

          Check out this game for practice with adjectives and adverbs.

    Verb Viper

          Have fun with this game that helps you practice verb usage.