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Spelling Inventories
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Reading Sites

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Guided Reading


Scholastic.com has an excellent section of teacher training and resources for Guided Reading by Gay Su Pinnell

 

 

 

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Literacy Strategies

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Word Studies

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Word Roots

 Quia Game for Greek and Latin Roots | Fact Monster

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Online Professional Development Opportunities

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Reading Tools for Parents

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Online Professional Development for Writing

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PUSD Writing Assessments and Prompts

 

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Six Traits Writing Resources

Site for Teachers | 6 Traits Official Site
| Student Friendly Rubric | Lessons | Interactive Site

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Grammar Resources

Grammar Handbook | Kid-Friendly Grammar
  | Grammar PowerPoints |
SchoolHouse Rock Grammar Lyrics

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Spelling

  • Kid Spell.com has multiple resources and activities to improve student spelling.

  • Students can practice spelling at FunBrain.com. Click on FunBrain.com for links to ALL of their online games, sorted by topic.

  • Vocabulary and Spelling City is a great site where you can practice spelling and vocabulary words.  You can even create flash cards for special vocabulary lists.

  • A wonderful student named Sarah sent me this site with links to several excellent resources that improve student spelling skills.

  • If you're looking for an easy way to remember specific spelling rules, you can always visit the Musical Spelling Rules site to learn songs that highlight spelling rules!

 

Spelling Inventories

Level I    
Letter Name Stage, Grades K-2

Assessment
Scoring Guide
Class Composite Form

Level II   
Within Word Pattern Stage, Grades 2-3

Assessment

Scoring Guide by Feature
Scoring Guide by Error
Class Composite

Level III  
Syllables and Affixes Stage, Grades 3-5

Assessment
Scoring Guide by Feature
Class Composite

Level IV  
Derivational Relations Stage, Grades 6-Adult

Assessment
Scoring Guide by Feature
Scoring Guide by Error
Class Composite

Administer these inventories using teacher judgment. If a student misses almost all the words, move down a level. Conversely, if a student gets almost all the words correct, move up a level. The goal is to determine developmental spelling stage. This can only be done when the test is at the right level. 
 

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High Frequency Words

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Writing Contests

  • For a page filled with outstanding reading and writing contests for your students, visit the Scholastic Contest page.  Students can interact with authors, recommend new story ideas, illustrate new books, or write books, stories and letters to win one of the contests on this page.

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Publishing Student Writing Online

Publish Student Writing | Publish Student Book Reviews

  • The Write Kids encourages students to submit their work to their online magazine.

  • Write with students around the world and publish your work online: KidPub

  • High School students can publish their writings and photography online at Susquehanna University

  • The Writer's Window website from New Zealand publishes student writing for 5-18 year olds. Students can review other's writings or seek writing advice.

 Publishing Student Book Reviews Online

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Reference Tools

 Merriam Webster | One Look | Visual Thesaurus

  • For Merriam Webster's online dictionary and thesaurus.
  • One Look allows you to look up words in multiple online dictionaries at once
  • By using the Visual Thesaurus students can finally see the definition and connotation of each synonym generated. Or students can easily click on any of the synonyms on the screen to open a new search for words that have that specific connotation.
  • For all the poets in your class, be sure to bookmark this rhyming dictionary.
  • As you teach your students to create bibliographies for their reports and research papers, you may want to visit Easy Bib, a free online advanced bibliography maker. Another site that is especially helpful for younger students is: Noodle Tools Quick Cite . At the middle and high school levels, students may access an enhanced Noodlebib through a subscription available from their school library.  For information on citing online resources, visit the Online Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources site: Citation Styles for Online Resources.

 

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Linda Foote
Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District
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