September 9, 2010

Sharing Resources

Posted in Materials at 4:55 pm by svalter

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jennifer A. from Long who sent me all these great resources to share!   Some of these she tracked down, and some she made herself.  There are a lot of really excellent tools and resources here!  Hope you’ll check them out!

word study test template

WTW parent letter

Word Study poster

Word Study homework details

Word Sort

word search

word hunt

Templeton article word study

strategy instruction word study

Spelling City

If you find or create anything that you would like to share, please send it to me!


August 14, 2010

Word Study Contracts

Posted in Materials, Uncategorized at 5:51 pm by svalter

Here are the word study contracts I assign to my students:

Spelling Contract first quarter

Spelling Contract second quarter

Spelling Contract

For students who need more support (or for younger students), I have taken some of these activities and converted them into a “tic-tac-toe” board so there are fewer choices.

July 27, 2010

Making Your Own Word Sorts

Posted in Materials at 9:21 am by svalter

A lot of great word sorts are found on the CD, and even more are in the resource books (that we will hopefully be getting access to this year), but sometimes you just want to make your own sorts.  If so, here are a couple of ways you can do it . . .

First, if you subscribe to The Mailbox magazine, a blank word card set is one of the extras on the website and you can just type and print in about 30 seconds.  To find this resource, look back at one of the 2009 issues (which are still available).  Under Language Arts, click on “BONUS: Language Arts Helpers” and you will find it there.  Once you’ve located it, you can save a blank copy to your desktop to use anytime.  (I would love to upload it here, but I don’t want to violate copyright laws!)

The second-easiest way to make your own word cards is in Microsoft Excel.  All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Excel document.
  2.  Type one word into each cell (little box).  I would recommend doing 3-4 across and 5-6 down, depending on how many words you have.
  3. Click and hold your mouse and drag it over all the boxes with words in them to highlight them.  Then change the font size to something larger and click to center the words in each cell.
  4. At the top of the screen, click the tab that says “Page Layout.”  About 3/4 of the way across the screen you will see a box that says “Gridlines.”  Check the box that says “Print.”  (This puts each word in a nice little box that the kids can cut out.
  5. Preview your document to make sure it looks the way you want it to look.
  6. Print and send to copy center. 

You can also create a table in Microsoft Word and save it as a template if you are more comfortable using this program.  If you’d like to use this format, here is a blank template I created.

July 13, 2010


Posted in Materials, Uncategorized at 3:23 am by svalter

I am hoping to send some things off to copy center this week to get ready for school to start, so I quickly typed up these student response sheets to use when I start giving the assessment in the fall.  I am planning to run a class set of the Elementary Assessment for each quarter (in four different colors), plus about 5 or so of the Upper Level and Primary for each quarter in case I have to administer either to some of my students.  Please feel free to use these documents, too!  (I’ll upload documents as I find/create/use them, and would love to have you e-mail me documents as you make them, too!)

Upper Level Assessment

Primary Assessment

Elementary Assessment

Setting up your board

Posted in Materials at 1:10 am by svalter

The other day I was at the dollar store (Dollar Tree, I think), and I found library pockets in the teacher section.  There are 25 in a package, which is enough to make your whole board, and they’re really cute solid colors.  I need to redo my board (with increasing class sizes I don’t have enough spots!), so I’m planning to just number them 1-25, get them laminated, and put them on a new board (which I think you can also usually get at the dollar store next to the posterboard).  I’ll post pics once I have it finished!