Spelling Counts brings a new dimension to spelling instruction by emphasizing the relationship between the way that words look and the way that they sound. This workbook presents numerous classroom activities that teach students to listen for vowel and consonant sounds and to recognize patterns in the letter combinations that correspond to those sounds. Instead of memorizing lists of unrelated words, students learn spelling as a system of sound/symbol correspondence that can be applied in a variety of academic situations to support other skills. One important goal of the text is to equip students to hear a word in a class, lecture, or testing situation and to spell it with sufficient accuracy to later recognize it in a course text or to look up its definition afterward. The units and lessons address a full range of relationships between letters and sounds such as short vowels, consonant doubling, long vowel patterns including those with silent e, and more complex vowel combinations. Each unit also identifies and practices a number of sight words that may not conform to the relevant patterns being learned but that are words that English speakers are expected to be able to spell with confidence. Units end with a review that reinforces the patterns and the connections between the word spellings and sounds.
Whether you?re a teacher, a parent, or attended school once in your life, you will be able to laugh and link up with these humorous, poignant, and unforgettable memories of a retired school teacher. Mrs. Fillip talks about what made her decide to become a teacher and the significant changes she experienced over the past thirty-four years. Besides teaching in a public and Catholic school, she had the unique opportunity to teach in an open classroom style school as well as a charter school. But the thrust of her book are the tales and anecdotes that involved her students. Mrs. Fillip is an innovative and creative teacher. Never was she afraid to take risks. Exciting labs, experiments, and classroom activities provided stimulating learning visuals the students never forgot. Read how Mrs. Fillip touched many students? lives and how they touched hers.
Challenged spellers in middle and high school are hit with a triple whammy-they can't spell, traditional strategies don't help them, and poor spelling often inhibits their writing. This book offers teachers ways to identify students' problems within the context of writing.