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Direct Instruction: Spelling


Formal spelling instruction improves not only students' spelling skills but also their reading skills. Teaching learners how to spell by understanding phonetic and spelling patterns can help improve their Vocabulary and their Phonological and Orthographic Processing.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher integrates spelling with Vocabulary using the Word Lab method. She supports students' Phonological Processing skills by going over the syllables and the silent versus pronounced sounds. She also brings learners' Attention to the tricky and interesting parts of the word to help their understanding of the specific word as well as nuances of spelling rules.

  • Teachers can encourage students to spell words in a combination of ways, like using their knowledge of phonics, recognizing patterns, and memorizing sight words. Providing opportunities to use and practice the words they know, as well as trying to spell new words, can help students master specific words and general spelling principles, supporting Speed of Processing and Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Learn how Vocabulary SpellingCity helps users practice spelling through games and activities where they see and hear words in context. This interactive exploration can improve Vocabulary, Phonological Processing, and Morphological Knowledge. The app teaches words from ready-made lists from a standards-based curriculum and allows learners and their teachers to make their own lists.

  • Developers can introduce word lists within their apps and provide games to practice spelling, such as fill-in-the blank, word guessing like Hangman, word creation like Scrabble, and sound recognition challenges, followed by positive reinforcement messages.
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