Saturday, June 30, 2012

Teaching Spelling the Organized Way

My goal every year is to be more organized. I started with spelling this year and LOVE how I have it organized. No more searching in 10 different spots for activities that match the week's spelling pattern. Our school has adopted Letterland but you could do this with any spelling list or phonics program.Here is what it looks like:

I used an empty crate and hanging file folders.

Each hanging file folder is labeled with the unit number.

Then I fill the folder with any and every material that I own that will help me teach the skill. I took pictures of two of the units that I teach. It contains the words that I use to sort words on the pocket chart, decodable readers that I matched with our Scott Foresman basal, and word work activities that students can use during Daily Five or literacy centers. The examples that I have shown are from a Mailbox magazine, and blogs (Cara Carroll {the first grade parade} and Abby Mullins {the inspired apple}).
I also made a small labeled manilla envelope to hold my word cards used for word sorts and small group activities. That way they won't get lost in the folder. 

I have two crates that I use for the entire year's worth of spelling and word work activities. I keep both tucked away in my closet and only get out what I am using. Nothing gets lost or forgotten about. Let me know what you think and if you have any other great ideas!


  1. This is a really great idea. We are adopting a new reading series, and I always dislike that "starting over" feeling. Your system gives me a good jumping off point to getting organized.

    First Grade Magic

  2. I like your crate idea for word work/spelling organization. I have been trying to figure out what to do regarding that & your way seems simple- I like that!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. My main goal each year is to be more organized as well!! You say you are in the mountains of NC....I am in the East TN mounatins!! We're sort of neighbors!! I am your newest follower!!! {I know a little overdone with the exclamation points, it's a bad habit.}

  4. This is awesome! Wow! You are very organized. I sort of have this going on but it's not up to par. :)
    I'm your newest follower!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. I use the same system for my spelling program. It makes it so easy for me to get to the materials for each unit and add new things. Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower. Stop by and visit my blog when you have time.

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