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Spelling


Weekly Routine:

Spelling word lists are in the back of the students' ELA practice book, which they may preview at any time. I will give a pretest on Monday, which the students will correct. Students will need to complete two spelling assignments and turn them in on Wednesday. They have been given a list of possible assignment ideas (I'm open to new ideas!). Students who score a 90% or higher will be exempt from having to do that week's spelling assignments. However, they are welcome to still do them or to accept the challenge of finding ten words from a dictionary that they do not yet know and completing an assignment or two with their discovered words. Thursday is a study day. Friday is the post test day for the class and any students who aced their pretest but wish to try for a higher score.


List of possible assignments (Please have your child write the assignment type on the top of their paper in the heading area, must do two different assignments):

  • write 5 times each
  • write in ABC order and your best cursive
  • write each word and one complete dictionary definition with it.
  • write each word correctly in a sentence
  • use 15 of the words logically in a short story
  • use 15 of the words logically in a poem
  • use 15 of the words logically in a song/rap
  • create a word search online, including an answer key
  • create a crossword puzzle online, include an answer key
  • write the words then write them scrambled on the back side of the paper
  • cut out the letters from a magazine or newspaper and glue them down to make the words
  • create riddles with the words as answers
  • write and group the words into categories you create (sound/spelling patterns etc)
  • make 12 pairs of unrelated spelling words and put them together to create new words. Write definitions for the new compound words
  • Use all the words to create as few logical sentences as possible.
  • write each word in best cursive using three different color writing utensils
  • write the words and write 1-2 synonyms for each word next to them 
  • paint the words
Spelling lists for the whole year of fifth grade
Eduplace lists the spelling lists for each grade of the Houghton-Mifflin curriculum.