Finally! A spelling curriculum that makes sense and follows a progressive approach to phonics instruction! My new 2nd Grade Spelling Curriculum provides 38 weeks of spelling instruction with printable NO PREP Packets! Get ready to transform your spelling routines, build strong spellers, and make spelling FUN! Yes, that’s right, spelling can be FUN and effective.
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Words 1-8: Phonics-Based Spelling
Instead of asking students to memorize a random list of words, the 2nd Grade Spelling Curriculum implements phonics-based spelling to help build a deep understanding of the patterns in words. As a result, students will not need to learn to spell one word at a time. Instead, they will learn patterns that they can apply to any word. With phonics-based spelling, students will systematically and incrementally improve their ability to spell both simple and complex words.
Words 9-12: Sight Words
The final 4 words each week are sight words. Sight words are the most used words in the English language. Therefore, being able to fluently write these words is key to students developing effective written communication. Specifically, this packet covers the spelling for 2nd Grade Dolch words. Mastering these basic words will allow students to focus their writing efforts on formulating ideas and spelling tricky words.
NOTE: Sight words end on week 13, and review weeks do not include sight words. The remaining weeks will only include phonics-based spelling.
What is included in this spelling curriculum?
- 38 Weeks of NO PREP Spelling packets Monday – Thursday practice/ Friday Test
- Home Connection Parent and Friends Letter
- 14 Spelling Menus – one for each new Phonics Skill
- Weekly Packet Covers with the Spelling Rule
- Flashcards for each List
- A variety of Spellings Lists with the Spelling Rule
The NO PREP weekly spelling packets provide students with hands-on and engaging practice. Each time a new phonics skill is presented, students will receive a new set of activities. More specifically, the activities only change with the new phonics skill. Furthermore, the cover of each packet introduces the spelling rule, making it the perfect opportunity to teach and/or reinforce the spelling rule for the week. Since the spelling rule is right there on the front of their spelling packet, students can refer back to the rule as they work through their packets.
These packets will allow in-class practice for Monday-Thursday.
What is a Spelling Menu?
In short, a spelling menu is a list of fun ideas for students to practice their spelling words in a hands-on way, and they are a big part of making this program successful! Each new phonics skill will receive a new spelling menu. Spelling menus give students extra opportunities to practice their spelling words at home with some FUN and ENGAGING choices! More specifically, each spelling menu includes 9 choices that are sure to excite even the most reluctant speller! You can decide how many items students need to complete before turning them in. In sum, combined with the weekly NO PREP Spelling Packets, students will love extending their learning with spelling menus!
Each weekly packet also includes flash cards! These cards can also be used along side the spelling menus. They are perfect for spelling menu activities like ABC order or spelling hop scotch! Simply put, the flash cards are flexible, and you can use them however you see fit.
Each Friday, students will use their newly-learned spelling skills to take a spelling test. Use the spelling test to measure their grasp and application of the weekly spelling patterns. The first 4 weeks of the 2nd Grade Spelling Curriculum will be a review of the last part of the First Grade Spelling Curriculum.
You can choose between multiple options to meet the individual needs of your students.
Recap of each week’s practice:
Below is an example of a weekly packet. Remember, the packet practice pages change when a new phonics skill is introduced.
I hope that you find this resource helpful in your classroom and that your students learn and have fun!
To see the 1st Grade Spelling Curriculum: Click Here.