Sixth grade spelling practice can take many forms. Dictation is one of our favorites for two big reasons:
1) Students must listen carefully to what is being read.
2) Students use spelling words in context.
Based on our list of 6th grade spelling words, here are 20 sentences suitable for dictation. Use only 5-10 sentences per session. The underlined words in each sentence appear on our list.
1. I hate to complain,
but this hamburger
2. Were you following the directions when you made it?
3. Perhaps there is some unusual vegetable in it.
4. Did you say there are no tomatoes in it?
5. Because you had a coupon for free snails doesn't mean you should put the creatures in my food!
6. After graduation, I'd like to run for governor of my state.
7. Some people become lawyers first, but not me.
8. I have a great vision for everyone's happiness.
9. I would strive to unite people with different ideas.
10. I am positive I could make a difference, and that you would support me!
11. I planned to help my dad paint the ceiling of
our home's entrance.
12. But first we had to purchase two gallons of paint.
13. It was a remarkable trip to the home improvement store.
14. We had never seen such a variety of paint colors on the shelves.
15. The decision was such a struggle for us that we chose to wait until next year to paint!
16. I've always been jealous
17. They are allowed to play outside, no matter the temperature.
18. They do not get injuries or headaches.
19. They live in communities where there are no chores or no homework.
20. Of course, there are also no remotes, telephones or televisions!
If you find
dictation to be a useful sixth grade spelling activity,
you'll want to write more sentences of your own. Follow these tips:
How should you score sixth grade spelling
There are two main methods:
Mark the entire sentence
either right or
If this sounds a bit too brutal,you may want to do a few practice rounds before actually putting this type of score in your grade book. On the other hand, if you make the expectations clear, sixth graders often rise to the occasion!
2. Make a
award partial credit
for sentences with
For instance, you could give half-credit for sentences in which the spelling word is correct but other words are spelled incorrectly.
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