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“I use Spelling Shed to teach sight word recognition and spelling. Shelling Shed is an independent assignment for my students. I am currently teaching remotely so I assign Spelling Shed via Google Classroom. I use the Hive Game to administer spelling tests every Friday. My students love it! I love that I receive data instantly.”

Nicole

Teacher, 3rd & 4th Grade.

Dunbar Elementary, Atlanta GA

Is there a connection between Spelling and Reading?

In a word, “Yes.” There is more evidence there ever before that spelling is foundational for reading.

There is a direct connection between poor spelling and poor reading (Adams, 2011; Gentry & Graham, 2010; Moats, 2005; Reed, 2012). In most elementary schools across the country spelling is tested, but no longer taught. When we fail to provide word lists based on letter and sound patterns or spelling sound correspondences we fail to activate the circuitry in the brain required for reading. Spelling helps develop automaticity with the words on the page for sound and meaning. This automaticity with words frees up the brain during the process of reading and allows the reader to be much more fluent. Many recent research studies have demonstrated that spelling is foundational for reading (Abbott, Berninger, & Fayol, 2010; Gentry & Graham, 2010; Moats, 2005; Reed, 2012).

So yes, there are strong connections between spelling and reading.

Links:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/201607/connecting-spelling-books-reading-scores#comments_bottom

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/201703/landmark-study-finds-better-path-reading-success

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/201805/bridging-the-gap-between-science-and-poor-reading-0

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/202009/science-says-reading-education-must-change

Our Approach:

We take a structured literacy approach to spelling. According to the Iowa Reading Research Center, Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels.

Our grade level word lists are properly sequenced, research-based, and incorporate spaced-practice. We provide up to 36 weekly word lists for grade levels K-5. In the early years (K-1) we incorporate spelling and phonics based word lists.

Our digital platform is highly engaging for students. We provide multiple levels of support for those students who require it as they learn new words. In addition, we offer a variety of learning games to maintain student engagement. Spelling Shed can be incorporated into your current literacy centers and takes up very little classroom instruction time. For teachers, we provide student data on activities along with aggregate data on specific spelling competences.

Spelling Curriculum:

Research provides evidence that spelling should be taught systematically (T.D. Horn, 1969; Joshi et al., 2008/2009). Spelling growth is a developmental process. Providing the right words and patterns at the right time has a significant impact on the success that students have. Our word lists are organized around letter and sound patterns in early grade levels, and shift to more spelling sound correspondences along with common prefixes and suffixes in later grade levels. We provide challenge word lists that incorporate words with previously taught spelling skills along with irregular words and grade level appropriate sight words.

Already have a word prescribed word lists for your school or district? Spelling Shed makes it easy for teachers to create their own word lists and share with others. In addition, we provide several of the popular reading series word lists along with common sight word lists.

Below is a sample of the spelling curriculum that is included with Spelling Shed.

Click “Learn More” to request a specific curriculum for a selected grade level(s).

List # Spelling Pattern
1 Words using s, a, t & p + the
2 Words using s, a, t, p plus i, n, m, d (1)
3 Words using s, a, t, p plus i, n, m, d (2)
4 Words using s, a, t, p plus i, n, m, d (3)
5 Words adding letters g, o, c & k (1)
List # Spelling Pattern
1 Words ending with the /f/, /l/, /s/, /z/ or /k/ sound in English almost always have double consonant.
2 The /k/ sound is spelt as k rather than as c before e, i and y. The /nk/ sound found at the end of words and usually comes after a vowel.
3 Words ending ‘–tch’. The /ch/ sound is usually spelt as ‘tch’ when it comes after a single vowel letter.
4 Some words end with an /e/ sound spelled ‘y’. English words hardly ever end with the letter ‘v’, so if a word ends with a /v/ sound, the letter ‘e’ usually needs to be added after the ‘v’.
5 Adding s and es to words (plurals). If the ending sounds like /s/ or /z/, it is spelled as –s. If it forms an extra syllable, then it is spelled as –es.
List # Spelling Pattern
1 The /j/ sound spelled‚ dge
2 The /j/ sound spelled‚ ge
3 The /j/ sound spelled with a g
4 The /s/ sound spelled c before e, i and y
5 The /n/ sound spelled kn and gn
List # Spelling Pattern
1 The ow and u sound spelled ou
2 The /i/ sound spelled with a y
3 Words with the /ze/ sound ending -sure
4 Words with the /ch/ sound ending -ture
5 Challenge words
List # Spelling Pattern
1 Homophones
2 The /s/ sound spelled c
3 The prefixes super auto anti and bi
4 Plural possessive apostrophes
5 Words ending in -ious
List # Spelling Pattern
1 Words with the short vowel sound /i/ spelled y
2 Words with the long vowel sound /i/ spelled y
3 The prefix over-
4 The suffix -ful
5 Words which can be nouns and verbs

At $2/student or less Spelling Shed provides an affordable resource for schools and districts.

Spelling Shed Overview

Spelling Shed has designed a spelling curriculum for grades K-5 that takes a structured literacy approach to learning new words. Our approach is based on research that shows many students benefit from a structured literacy approach. According to the Iowa Reading Research Center, “Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels.”

Each grade level includes 36 weekly word lists that follow specific letter and sound patterns including digraphs, trigraphs, prefixes, suffixes, homophones and more. We also include Challenge word lists that have students apply previously learned knowledge. Our curriculum aligns with current ELA and CCSS standards.

For districts that already have word lists or follow a word study curriculum, teachers can easily import those spelling word lists to use with Spelling Shed. We also feature ready made lists of popular reading series including HMH Journeys® and McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders®. We also provide traditional sight based word lists like Dolce and Fry along with regional based spelling lists like UIL for Texas.

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