Word Study Information
This year, word study will be different from the past as Shakopee Public Schools has adapted a new curriculum, Benchmark Universe. In our classroom this year, we will teach a lesson on one important spelling strategy that will be reinforced and applied each day of the week. We want the students to know the principle so they are able to apply it to multiple words using the strategy rather than just knowing one word. Students will not be given words at the beginning of the week besides their 5 high frequency words that will be in their planner. On Fridays, we will be taking a quiz on that strategy seeing if our students know the strategy that was taught during the week. They will also be tested on their 5 high frequency words.
At home, you can help your child learn the new strategy by doing the following:
- Practice the strategy with the word sort cards
- Show interest in your child’s word study by asking what activities were done in class and practice them at home
- Dictate words with the strategy to your studentto help them recognize how to spell the word.
- Help your child notice the tricky parts in words.
- Help your child notice the letter patterns, or how words are the same or different.
- Show interest in words your child reads and writes recognizing that a word may be the strategy we are using in class.
- You are an important part in your child’s learning. Please know that what you do to support your child’s interest in and success with words will make an important difference in school.Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions!Unit 1: Compound Words (cupcake)Unit 2: Adding -ing to the end of words that end with a vowel-consonant (skip to skipping)Unit 3: Adding -ing to words that end with a consonant-silent vowel (take to taking)Unit 4: Review of -ing words with compound, silent e and vowel-consonant.Unit 5: Adding -ed to VC, VCC, VCe, and VVCUnit 6: Unusual Past-Tense WordsUnit 7: Plural EndingsUnit 8: Spelling for Irregular PluralsUnit 9: Adding Inflectional Endings to words with yUnit 10: Open and Closed Syllable PatternsUnit 11: Open and Closed Syllable PatternsUnit 12: VC/V, VC, VVCV Syllable PatternsUnit 13: Dividing Words with Patterns: VCC/CV, VC/CCV, and V/VUnit 14: Open and Closed Syllables and Inflected EndingsUnit 15: Long a Patterns in Accented SyllablesUnit 16: Long i Patterns in Accented SyllablesUnit 17: Long o Patterns in Accented SyllablesUnit 18: Long u Patterns in Accented SyllablesUnit 19: Long e Patterns in Accented SyllablesUnit 20: Consonant plus -le PatternsUnit 21: Unaccented Final Syllables with -le, -el, -il, and -alUnit 22: Unaccented Final Syllable -er, -ar, and -orUnit 23: Agents: -er, -ar, and -orUnit 24: Final -y, -ey, and -ieUnit 25: Hard and Soft cUnit 26: Hard and Soft gUnit 27: /k/ Spelled ck, ic, and xUnit 28: Prefixes Re- and Un-Unit 29: Prefixes Dis-, Mis-, and Pre-Unit 30: Suffixes -y, -ly, and -ilyUnit 31: Comparative Suffixes -er and -estUnit 32: Anagrams