Activities and Lessons
for Language Arts

Individualized Spelling
~ Renee Goularte

Have students keep a 3 x 5 card in their writing portfolio to which words can be added for individualized spelling lists. The words can be high-frequency words that are especially tricky for individual students, or words taken from their own writing. Another way to individualize spelling in a more manageable way is to target specific word parts and have students brainstorm words that use those combinations of letters or sounds, then choose their own words from these lists. Use individualized lists as supplements or by themselves. Have students give each other spelling tests from the individualized lists.

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