Order Up Some Spelling

Hey teacher friends! Hope everyone is fantastic today!

I was doing some updating yesterday and wanted to freshen up a super popular freebie: my Differentiated Spelling Homework Menu!

By assigning the spelling homework on Monday, it allows families who have sports or family emergencies to work on it throughout the week. Freebie included!

I used this menu in third grade (though it could be adapted easily by other grade levels as well), and the students, parents, and administrators loved it! I did too, because I was able to only grade spelling homework once a week, rather than a daily assignment each day.

You might want to check out:

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Need some new ideas for differentiation in the classroom?  This 63 page digital book has you covered!

Includes 12 articles from Organized Classroom, including topics such as:

  • How to Deploy No-Prep Brain Breaks
  • Keeping Students on Task During Cooperative Learning
  • Centers Management Tips
  • Choice Boards
  • Promoting Questioning
  • Ideas for Organizing Your DI
  • Creating Differentiated Assessment in a Snap

…and even more!

Includes 3 additional freebie files!  No need to enter in an email address for each one separately – just click and go!

See it HERE.

By assigning the homework on Monday for the rest of the week, it allows families who might have sports or family emergencies to work on the homework throughout the week when it is most convenient for them. A great many parents have verbally shared with me how they loved this option.

Students like it better because they have a choice.

They all have to complete the same amount of points {or that can be differentiated as well if needed}, but each child can choose how many assignments he or she needs to complete in order to get to the required level of points each week.

And they are able to change it up and choose different activities whenever they like.

By assigning the spelling homework on Monday, it allows families who have sports or family emergencies to work on it throughout the week. Freebie included!

I loved it because I was able to grade once a week and also to see the creativity and choices come alive in the work students were turning in.

I also didn’t have to run nightly homework copies – or tear out pages in a workbook! Students supplied their work on paper from home.

Of course, you will always have a couple who “halfway” do the work – or forget and don’t turn it in at all.

That happens though with nightly homework, so the same consequences should result.

I love menus for differentiating and allowing student choice with guidelines in place.

The freebie menu packet below comes with a basic plain template with no graphics, along with 12 other monthly “themed” pages, in case you want to change things up a bit to liven it up.

Reading and Language Arts Power Pack

11 reading and language arts resource sets that pack a punch!

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This power pack includes the following 11 files:

  • Beach Activities Pack (K-6)
  • Chapter Book Reading Strategies Activities  (grades 3-8)
  • Chrysanthemum Reading Packet (grades 2-4)
  • Contraction Packet (grades 1-3)
  • DI Spelling Menus Packet (grade 2+)
  • Never Ride Your Elephant to School Activities (grades 2-4)
  • Reading Bingo (grades 2-8)
  • Space Theme Reading Logs (grades 2-5)
  • Fiction and Nonfiction Story Maps (grades 2-6)
  • Vocabulary Bingo (grades 3+)
  • Writing Menu (grades 3+)

See more details HERE.

Hopefully your students will love the choice factor as much as mine did!

Feel free to pass along the link for this page to other colleagues in your school who also might like a change from the usual spelling routine.

By assigning the spelling homework on Monday, it allows families who have sports or family emergencies to work on it throughout the week. Freebie included!

Thanks so much and happy homework-ing!

~Charity

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