Word Study / Spelling Contract / Vocabulary Study

What is it?

A spelling / vocabulary program of small word study activities. A friend gave me a copy of a basic spelling contract which I adapted for use in my classes; it has been further developed over the last few semesters with feedback from students. Ideally the program is self-directed: it can be set as homework. I’ve also used word study as a regular activity in the first five minutes of lesson while I set up.

Adapt the included checklist and spelling activities to suit your program.

How it works:

The process I use:

  1. I develop new vocabulary words each fortnight, taken usually from the content of the class or the novel we are reading.
  2. I do ‘Have A Go’, a mock test where I read the words aloud, and students give them a try. This is to allow students to connect the way a word is pronounced with its written form.
  3. Students copy the words into their book.
  4. Students complete a worksheet or activities where students match vocab to definitions (matching or crosswords work well); or with grammar or cloze activities. Word Search and Crossword generators are useful here.
  5. Then students choose which word study activities they would like to complete. They have two weeks to complete 5 points of tasks.
  6. Each term, students get a new word study checklist.

Battleship Vocab:

A suggestion from several spelling websites, very popular. Students play Battleship but with vocabulary words instead of ships. Included is a printable chart.

Stencil Art:

I keep a collection of stencils in my classroom for projects and word study. They were all bought from a dollar shop.

Alphabet Sampler:

For the Word Art activity I mention an alphabet sampler. Find it here.

Cursive:

As part of our History of English unit we did a quick fun lesson on how to do cursive, an unusual thing for high school students to try.

Australian students don’t learn cursive when they are learning to handwrite; they learn some silly thing called ‘Linked Script’.

My main motivation for wanting to do a lesson on cursive was to help students understand how to read it. Some of the kids actually enjoyed writing in it, so it was included in the Word Study.

Suggestions:

  • The checklist is set up for fortnights. You can adapt easily to weekly, if you prefer, by adding columns.
  • Provide a new sheet each week with the words and four or five activities to complete rather than use a new checklist.
  • Choose for the students which activities they are to complete each week.
  • Vary the points required: 5 points is very low.
  • Change the activities.
  • Ask the students which activities they prefer and have them come up with new ones.

Credit:

Let me know if you feel there’s a copyright infringement here. There is nothing original about this Word Study except its layout and design; all of the activities were compiled from suggestions across the web or from students themselves. It is adapted from a photocopied spelling contract given to me at some point; and others have taken my spelling contracts and adapted them to suit themselves.

Download:

2011 300 Word Study DOC

2011 300 Word Study PDF

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One thought on “Word Study / Spelling Contract / Vocabulary Study

  1. Melissa Turcotte December 15, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    LOVE your word study ideas. I’ve been struggling to find a system that works for my Grade 6 students. Thanks so much for posting this online and sharing it. I was able to adapt it to make it my own and meet my word study goals with my students. Can’t wait to share it with them. Would love to let you know how it turns out!

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