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Parents’ Guide to Weekly


Every Monday your child will bring home a list of practice spelling words that he or she should study during the week. A practice test of the actual spelling words will be given to students on Thursday and the final test will be given to students on Friday.  All words on the weekly test will follow a common spelling pattern or rule, except for the weekly sight words.


  What more can you do at home?

In addition to administering a practice test, you can also encourage your child to do additional activities that require students to practice spelling the words on their weekly lists. 

Spelling Activities

The following is a list of spelling activities that students can complete to help them practice their spelling words at home.

1.           Write your spelling words in alphabetical order.

2.         Write each spelling word without its vowels. Replace each vowel  with a line.

4.         Write your spelling words in crayon or pen. Write each consonant letter in red and each vowel in blue.

5.         Write the words and cross out all of silent letters.

6.         Make a set of flashcards for studying your words.

    7.         Write each spelling word three times.

8.         Write each spelling word in a rainbow of colors.  First, write the words with a red crayon. Trace over the words with a blue crayon. Finally, trace the words again with a green crayon.

9.    Write your spelling words as fractions based on the number of vowels and consonants in each word. 


10.      Write your words with all the letters scrambled up. Then ask a parent or sibling to unscramble the words in your notebook. Correct that person’s work.

11.    Write each spelling word.  Next to each word, write two additional words of at least three letters that can be spelled using the letters in the word.  Example: the word pickle can be used to make the words lick, pick, like, and lip.

12.    Use letter tiles to spell out this week’s words.  Glue them into your notebook.   

13.    Write your spelling words in secret code.    Challenge a parent or sibling to use the code to decode each word. Correct their work.  Example: glad= 7-12-1-4


14.    Spelling Math: Which spelling word has the highest value? Which word has the lowest value? Do any words have an equal value?  (We will learn how to find values later in the school year.)

15.    Use each spelling word in a sentence. Correct spelling and grammar count!

16.    Take a practice test at home given by a parent.  Write any missed word 3 times each.   

17.    Draw and color a picture. "Hide" the words in the picture. Please do not color over the words.

18.    Write your spelling words on cards (make two sets) and play "Memory Match" with them against a sibling or parent.  

19.  Use a thesaurus to write a synonym for each word.

    20.    Write a mnemonic sentence to help you remember each of your spelling words. Each letter of the word should start a word in the sentence. For example, a mnemonic sentence for the word throw might be Ted has rented one wheelbarrow.

21.  Make and complete a word search using

22.  Write a letter to a friend/relative, in proper letter format, using at least 10 of the spelling words. Underline each word.

23.  Write tongue twisters for using at least 12 of your spelling words.  Example- spelling word: some- Sally saw some seals in the sea.

24.  Write your words by arranging the letters in alphabet pasta or Alphabits.  Glue them on paper or do it on a table or counter at home.

25.   Cut out letters from headlines or ads in newspapers or magazines. Use the letters to spell your spelling words. Paste the letters on paper.

26.   Write a rap song using all of your spelling words.

27.   Use ALL of your spelling words to write a short story. Your story must include all of your spelling words.

28.   Use a dictionary to write a definition for each word.  (You can borrow a dictionary from school if you do not have one at home.)

29. Enter spelling words at "" to have the computer test, teach, or play a game with your child on the computer.

30. Practice reading word families with the Word Family Sort Game.

31. Scrambled words-Write your words, then write them again with the letters mixed up.

32. Chopped words - Write your words by cutting out letters in a newspaper or magazine and glue them on a paper.

33. 3D words - Use modeling clay rolled thinly to make your words.

34. Choo-Choo Words - Write the entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colors of pens or crayons for each word.





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Secret Code Spelling





























Fraction Spelling

Make a table with four columns. Write this week's spelling words in the first column.  In the second column, write in fraction form the number of vowels in each word. Then write the number of consonants, in fraction form, in the third column. (Hint: you will need to know the total number of letters in each word before you can write the fractions) Example:












In the example above, the word finger has six letters. Two of those letters, or 2/6 of the letters, are vowels, and four of the letters, or 4/6, are consonants.

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