Whether you're developing spelling lessons for primary students, high schoolers, or ESL learners, there are some common spelling strategies you can use. We've compiled some of the best ideas right here!
For maximum benefit, customize our spelling exercises, homework ideas and teaching tips to your own situation. And remember to "pay it forward." Share these resources with other parents and teachers!
Common Core Standards - Lots of our games, worksheets and teaching ideas are now aligned to the Common Core State Standards. See our list.
Spelling Quizzes from the Evening News - 4 fun spelling exercises. Can your students find and correct all the mistakes in these news reports?
List of Suffixes - We've compiled a long list of the most commonly-used suffixes. We've also include the meaning and 10 example words for each suffix.
Spelling Exercises - Ready-to-use sentences for students to copy from the board. Use ours, then follow this format to make more of your own spelling exercises.
How to Teach Spelling - Teachers, start here! We provide key guidelines for anyone who is trying to teach spelling, regardless the age of the student.
Homeschool Spelling - Simple ideas to add some fun to your spelling routine. Try something new this week!
Invented Spelling - A quick look at both sides of the debate on invented spelling vs. conventional spelling for early learners.
The more practice the better! 20 fabulous, flexible ideas for any list
spelling words. Several ideas include input from a family
More Spelling Homework Ideas - You'll find 20 more great ideas here to help practice their spelling words. Include some of these with your regular spelling lessons!
Puzzle Partners - Ideas for partner activities that enable 3rd-6th graders to work together and learn to spell well!
NEW! Spelling Bee Quiz - Identify the misspelled word, spell it correctly and find your score!
Step-By-Step Spelling Lesson Plans - Here's a very methodical way to teach, or learn, those tricky IE/EI words. Great for ESL students, upper elementary students, or adults. You can use every step of this lesson, or just the ones that you need. This free printable lesson includes a link to big list of IE/EI words for extra study and practice.
Step-by-Step Lesson - This lesson methodically teaches when to double, and when not to double, the final consonant when adding suffixes.
Building Spelling Skills - Tips for helping upper elementary students to boost their spelling performance.
Teaching Tips for Problematic Words- Great for 6th grade, or any grades 4 through adult. Specific ideas for learning tricky words.
- Follow these 5 steps and you'll correct
a large number of common
spelling mistakes. Avoid problems like
alot of money vs a lot of money.
Spelling Strategies - Students who master these ten spelling rules/strategies are sure to become better spellers! We clearly state the "rule" and provide examples of words spelled correctly when following the rule.
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