Saturday, December 1, 2012

Spelling Freebie & December Currently

Hooray - I'm back! Switching grade levels and buildings - while terrific - has also been far more challenging than I had imagined. Phew! I've been gathering lots to share - just haven't had as much time to actually get it posted. But stay tuned....more will be coming shortly!  First off, here is my December Currently from Oh' Boy 4th Grade.....
 We put up our Christmas Tree today and always watch White Christmas while decorating it.  My two daughters (3 and 5 years old) like to dance to the "Sisters" song while prancing around with feather dusters.  :-)   
And here's a quick freebie I've been fine-tuning and wanted to pass along.  I know many of you use similar lists of assignment options for students to complete to review their spelling words. I call our classroom version a Word Study Menu. Students can select any choices from Appetizers, Entrees, Side Dishes & Desserts - completing 100 points worth of work.

Just click on the picture above to download yours from my TN Store, or you can also get it from

I opt to have students study one list of words (20 words plus 5 bonus words) over the course of 2 weeks.  The spelling preview is on Monday and they grade their own the same day. The following Thursday is a quiz on the meanings of the words and Friday is the spelling quiz.  I find that they're more likely to actually remember the words if we spend more than the traditional week.  Of course, students love choice, so this is a nice way to give them some options.

Also - since there is no way we can get to all 30 lists from our Scott Foresman series, I give the students two choices and let them vote.  They selected Compound Words this time - one of my favorites, too.

What are your favorite spelling assignments?


  1. I love your random act of kindness.. We don't usually get too much snow in TN but I will definitely keep this in mind when we do :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura! Last year this RAK wouldn't have worked since we got virtually NO snow, but we may be in for a harsh winter this year. I also think it would be fun to have my students clear off all the cars in the parking lot some afternoon.

  2. Thank you for the free spelling menu! We also use the Scott Foresman program and do a list about every other week. As a math teacher turned elementary teacher, I am finding spelling to be the most difficult part of language arts. I have been using Spelling City, but I feel like the kids don't get enough practice with the words. It is great for doing definitions and pretests/post tests, but I don't care for it to be their practice. I think your menu might be just what I have been looking for!

    1. Thanks - I hope you find it useful! I've also used Spelling City in the past, but I'm not quite up to speed with the words from the 5th grade program. Hoping to get next week's list up since I know a lot of students really enjoy online ways of reviewing as well.

  3. I'm a big fan of Spelling City! We do/did Words Their Way, and it was perfect for the four different spelling lists that I gave each week.

    Fifth in the Middle

  4. White Christmas is my absolute favorite Christmas movie! My little sis and I used to dance around to that song too.:) Love your spelling menu. I'm a new follower.

    iTeach 1:1

  5. Hi Corrina,
    I'm so glad I found you from currently. Your little ol' blog is soo cute! I am asking for a watch this year for has a leopard print face but the straps are just just a little wild. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  6. that word study menu is adorable!

    i nominated you for a liebster award! check out my blog to claim it!
    my classroom is my runway


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