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Activities to support the development of spelling strategies
For ideas on ways to support students in developing spelling strategies, please see suggested activities with explanations on how to implement them, below:
Words within Words: Chant a memorable phrase and the spelling. Children to write and decorate/illustrate the word eg kn-owl-edge = I was kneeling on an edge with an ow; Island – an island is land surrounded by water; Piece – a piece of pie.
Speed-write: Children have to write the word correctly as many times as they can in one minute.
Rainbow Words: Write the tricky bits of a word in a different colour to the rest of the word to help it stand out.
Shapes of Words: Children to draw the shapes of the words to support them in visualising how the words should look. Then fill the letters in, eg
Staircase Words: Children build up the words one sound at a time. Focus on saying the words as they look eg Wed-nes-day / def-in-ite Use this to highlight prefixes / suffixes. Variations include using colours for each sound and also playing games where some sounds are filled in and children have to guess / come up with alternatives which would fit these – including investigating the meanings of prefixes or how changing the prefixes and suffixes change the meaning / class of the words or if any of the previous segment have to change, eg
Hidden Words: Write in white crayon and then the children have to colour over it to reveal the word. Variations include missing letters which the children then have to fill in to complete the word – like a letter treasure hunt!
Spelling Scribble: Children create a ‘scribble’ with spaces for writing in. Each space is filled with a different word, perhaps using different colours for each word. Children choose the words they feel most confident about to go in the smaller spaces and the words they feel least confident about to fill the larger spaces, eg