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Word Explosion!  This is a wonderful activity that integrates vocabulary building and spelling! The Balanced Literacy Diet has a video to explain this actvity in detail, along with a transcript for educators to refer to. First you choose a root word related to a topic of studnt interest, then you build on this word with an 'explosion' of related words with varying prefixes and suffixes. So much fun for students!

Word Explosion! This is a wonderful activity that integrates vocabulary building and spelling! The Balanced Literacy Diet has a video to explain this actvity in detail, along with a transcript for educators to refer to. First you choose a root word related to a topic of studnt interest, then you build on this word with an 'explosion' of related words with varying prefixes and suffixes. So much fun for students!

Spelling Cheerleading!  This activity from read, write, think is so fun for students and it helps improve their spelling! Highly motivating activity that integrates movement into the literacy program. This resource also has great explanations for the activity and reminders that spelling should not be taught in isolation. The Y rule example is great!

Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations - ReadWriteThink

Clap and Chant!   This is a fun activity for students to clap and chant out the spelling of or words in their word wall. Each day students can practice reading, and clapping the words in different ways to recognize their spelling patterns. This activity is also a word wall which is helpful for young students to refer to during class to help with their spelling. Great ideas from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

Clap and Chant! This is a fun activity for students to clap and chant out the spelling of or words in their word wall. Each day students can practice reading, and clapping the words in different ways to recognize their spelling patterns. This activity is also a word wall which is helpful for young students to refer to during class to help with their spelling. Great ideas from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

Assess their writing!  Instead of tedious and time consuming spelling tests, the Balanced Literacy Diet reminds educators to assess student writing in order to assess their spelling. This is an easy way for teachers to see how students are spelling, and what aspects of spelling they understand and need to improve on! Great ideas here from BLD!

Assess their writing! Instead of tedious and time consuming spelling tests, the Balanced Literacy Diet reminds educators to assess student writing in order to assess their spelling. This is an easy way for teachers to see how students are spelling, and what aspects of spelling they understand and need to improve on! Great ideas here from BLD!

Word Study!  This reading rockets resource is more information for teachers about new effective ways to help students improve their spelling and understanding of patterns. This educational resource explains to teacher the word study approach and how to and why to implement it. Excellent article!

Word Study is an alternative to traditional spelling instruction. It is based on learning word patterns rather than memorizing unconnected words. This article describes the word study approach.

Reading rockets has an informative page to help educators understand the best approaches to teaching spelling. Spelling patterns, principles and rules are highlighted here and there are great videos for reference. Highly recommend this resource for educators!

Reading rockets has an informative page to help educators understand the best approaches to teaching spelling. Spelling patterns, principles and rules are highlighted here and there are great videos for reference. Highly recommend this resource for educators!

Spelling and Word Study overview! This page from the Balanced Literacy Diet gives an excellent description of spelling and word study and how it can be best taught to improve students literacy skills. It highlights ways teachers can help students move beyond memorization to becoming proficient spellers! Great resource!

Spelling and Word Study overview! This page from the Balanced Literacy Diet gives an excellent description of spelling and word study and how it can be best taught to improve students literacy skills. It highlights ways teachers can help students move beyond memorization to becoming proficient spellers! Great resource!

Ch. 5 of CTW provides educators with information about teaching spelling patterns. I think this is an excellent resource for educators to better their understanding of how to best teach spelling from a researched and evidence based perspective.

UNDERSTANDING: CTW outlines that students should gain fluency skills by re-reading the same sentences enough times with expression and good pacing. This type of repetitive practice will increase fluency.

Practicing Procedural Writing!  Another great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet where students are able to put their procedural writing skills into use! This activity is great because students are using practical skills integrated with literacy. I especially like that you can adapt this activity and get students to write a procedure about anything that they make in class.

Practicing Procedural Writing! Another great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet where students are able to put their procedural writing skills into use! This activity is great because students are using practical skills integrated with literacy. I especially like that you can adapt this activity and get students to write a procedure about anything that they make in class.

Fairytale Checklist!  This Balanced Literacy Diet activity is a fun way to learn about the structure and features of a fairytale! Students read together and create a checklist of the features they found in various fairytales. This chart acts as a reference for students and helps aid their understanding of fairytale text structure.

Fairytale Checklist! This Balanced Literacy Diet activity is a fun way to learn about the structure and features of a fairytale! Students read together and create a checklist of the features they found in various fairytales. This chart acts as a reference for students and helps aid their understanding of fairytale text structure.

Ways to Write and Read!  This is a great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet to help students understand and remember different text forms. This chart allows students to quickly see the text structures and forms they have been practicing with a quick note describing them. This is a great idea for junior grade students. Thanks BLD!

Ways to Write and Read! This is a great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet to help students understand and remember different text forms. This chart allows students to quickly see the text structures and forms they have been practicing with a quick note describing them. This is a great idea for junior grade students. Thanks BLD!

Chapter 11 of this book provides educators with extensive information about assessment. This resource is beneficial for teachers to gain a better understanding of assessment for literacy skills and provides examples for assessment in the classroom.

UNDERSTANDING: CTW outlines that students should gain fluency skills by re-reading the same sentences enough times with expression and good pacing. This type of repetitive practice will increase fluency.

Writing Assessment:  The Balanced Literacy Diet has a great resource here about informal and formal writing assessment tools. This is a guide that can be adapted to highlight and assess the specific text features in student writing.

Writing Assessment: The Balanced Literacy Diet has a great resource here about informal and formal writing assessment tools. This is a guide that can be adapted to highlight and assess the specific text features in student writing.

Read Aloud (Non-Fiction Text Features) Big Book Read Alouds are best to point out the features of different types of text and can be used in all grades. Non-fiction in particular can be looked at as a teacher explores features like the table of contents, diagrams, index etc. This is a great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

Read Aloud (Non-Fiction Text Features) Big Book Read Alouds are best to point out the features of different types of text and can be used in all grades. Non-fiction in particular can be looked at as a teacher explores features like the table of contents, diagrams, index etc. This is a great activity from the Balanced Literacy Diet!

This informative page from the Balanced Literacy Diet is great to give teachers the foundational understanding of text structures and genres. This overview provides educators with the essential information needed to help instruct students and teach them about the different features and genres of text.

This informative page from the Balanced Literacy Diet is great to give teachers the foundational understanding of text structures and genres. This overview provides educators with the essential information needed to help instruct students and teach them about the different features and genres of text.