Words Sorts: Double Consonant

Students in 3rd- and 4th-grades should fluent spell words with double consonants. They should learn that double consonants create short vowel sounds. In this post you will find word sorts that distinguish double consonants (short vowel) from single consonants (long vowel). Word Sorts with Double Consonants Students can practice sorting words based on the double […]

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Spiral Review, Long-Term Retention

How will spiral review impact long-term retention for your students’ learning? Spiral review can have a major impact on long-term retention. Cognitive scientist Jerome Bruner wrote decades ago (1960), “Even the most complex material, if properly structured and presented, can be understood.” You can take a basic skill such as spelling the long A sound […]

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More Spiral Warm-Up Courses [Fall 2017 Update]

More Spiral Warm-Up Courses [Fall 2017 Update] The fall semester is going by so quickly, and I hope your students are enjoying the free word study courses including word fluency and spelling units! We’ve been busy drafting new courses…entirely new courses covering comprehension and vocabulary. And we have new word study units on the way! Spiral […]

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[News] Spelling Warm-Ups Unit 3

Spelling 3: Inflected Endings We’re now rolling out our newest unit for free word study warm-ups. It’s Spelling 3: Inflected Endings. This unit is designed for grades 3-6 tier 1 instruction. It begins with direct instruction on inflectional endings and continues into three different activities for students to build spelling fluency:Word SortsWord BuilderSpeed SpellerEach activity progressively […]

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Word Sorts to Build Automaticity [Research Base]

In this research brief, you will discover how word sorts can build automaticity in reading fluency and writing. I’ll present four research studies and quickly highlight how the findings inform research-based word sorts in a word study curriculum. Research-Based Word Sorts Word sorts are word learning activities that require students to use a variety of […]

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[NEWS] Spelling 1 Warm-Ups are Published!

We’re happy to announce our newest free word study warm-ups! The first spelling unit is complete. In this unit, your students will: Sort words based on orthographic patterns.Receive direct instruction/review on consonant digraphs, blends, and short vowels. Physically participate in identifying phonemes and graphemes.Build spelling fluency. The new spelling 1 unit is designed for on-level […]

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Spelling Warm-Ups (New Spiral Reviews)

Our newest spiral warm-ups are finished and ready to publish. Your dashboard will soon show spiral reviews 1-5 in your Spelling warm-ups!Who will benefit from these spelling warm-ups? What spelling activities will students do in these spiral reviews? In this post you will: Preview the spelling spiral review activities.Discover prerequisite skills students need in these […]

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Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping

SaveSavePhoneme-grapheme mapping is a research-based activity that helps early and transitional readers build word recognition skills. Phonemes are the sounds we hear in words. Graphemes are the letters that represent the sounds.This activity can be challenging for 3rd and 4th-grade students – even your strong readers! With a little bit of practice, it will help […]

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Activities in Fluency 1

The activities in Fluency 1 (our first unit in word study warm-ups) are designed to engage and build visual memory in upper elementary students. The fluency activities include:Word Racer Blending PhonemesWord SumsWord SortsA Variety of Blending Activities (oral, choral, and written).Pin Me! Who should do these activities in Fluency1?The activities in the Fluency 1 unit could […]

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Questions About Word Study Spiral Warm-Ups

Do you have questions about word study at spiralwarmups.com? You’re not the only one.Over the last 3 weeks we’ve collected awesome feedback and questions about the free word study warm-ups here at spiralwarmups.com.This article will give a quick overview of the questions and answers so far. More details questions about word study warm-ups are in the […]

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