6th Grade Spelling - Teaching Tips for Problematic
Two types of 6th grade spelling words are especially
problematic for two reasons:
1) Words that are easily
confused with other words
2) Words words with tricky vowel
We'll look at examples of these words, along with ways to help students learn to spell these words
These tips work well with problematic
words for any upper elementary students
are easily confused with other words that sound or look similar.
these word pairs:
order to learn the correct spellings of these words, students must make
an intentional effort to look at the different spellings, look at their
different meanings and then practice the proper usage of these words.
To help students master these words, one of the best assignments you
can give them is to:
out brief definitions for each word, including its part of speech, and
ONE sentence that uses both words.
The student's response would look something like this:
accept - verb, "to
except - preposition, "excluding"
award except Mona, who was absent.
set of tricky
6th grade spelling words may be those that contain "extra" vowels,
vowels that form their
own syllable, or vowels that are frequently replaced with incorrect
Troublesome vowels words include:
the best ways to learn some of these words is to over-emphasize the
problematic vowel when pronouncing the words.
For instance, teach your student to pronounce these words
OUR syllables: vegetable:
familiar: Say "fuh-mil-E-yer"
your student to mentally use this intentional mispronunciation to
help her spell the word correctly until she has it
Read more tips for building spelling skills
with other difficult
upper elementary words.