I used this menu in third grade (though it could be adapted easily by other grade levels as well), and the students, parents, and administrators loved it! I love menus for differentiating and allowing student choice with guidelines in place. The freebie menu packet below comes with a basic plain template with no graphics, along with 12 other monthly “themed” pages, in case you want to change things up a bit to liven it up. Want your own copy of the Differentiated Spelling Homework Menu ... Read More about Spelling Menu Homework Packet Freebie!
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Students who understand Greek roots better understand how to read and spell larger vocabulary words. They therefore are stronger readers and writers and do better on standardized tests which are full of words with Greek roots. Even though every kid in your class can benefit from learning these roots, not every kid is at the same level. This is why I created this Differentiated Greek Root Words Vocabulary Packet. The four different levels allow each student in class to be working on the same ... Read More about Free Differentiated Greek Roots Spelling and Vocabulary Packets
Every classroom I've ever taught in has students with a wide range of abilities. However, they all need to be introduced to certain spelling patterns. This Long I Spelling Patterns Set provides four different levels of Long I words, each with the same spelling patterns and activities. Students will work on the meaning and spelling of these Long I words. Download all four differentiated levels from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. ... Read More about Long I Vocabulary and Spelling Packets
Menus are not hard work to put together, and can actually be used from year to year. Once you have created a menu for a certain topic, you can use it again! In my opinion, menus offer choices for students to interact with a given topic by varying the content, process, and/or product (which is DI 101). While the format may look different, in essence, they are just a DI lesson plan in a different template. The key with menus is not to force a specific choice, but rather give lots of ... Read More about Order Up Some Spelling!
Teaching spelling without understanding the meaning of the vocabulary words is senseless. That's why I don't teach a list of spelling words. Instead, I use vocabulary packets like this Long I Spelling Packet. The students spend all week working on understanding the patterns that make the long I sound. Then at the end of the week, I test their understanding by asking them to recognize and correct mispelled words in sentences. This assessment promotes real life editing skills over memorization. ... Read More about Long I Spelling Pattern Vocabulary Packet