Gearing up for Next Year!!!

Lots has been happening and I am glad to say that I am returning to 4th grade for another year! Last year I taught 4th grade Math and Science and this year I am returning to my one true love, Language Arts & Reading! So refreshing to be back in my zone! With that comes fresh inspiration to create some great stuff for my students.

First to be finished is Weekly Word Work & Spelling for my 4th Graders.

Weekly Word Study 4th Preview

I started with Scientific Spelling, mixed in a little Words their Way, and finished it off with a TEKS checklist to make sure I had caught all that the great state of Texas wants! What came out is a fabulously easy to manage Print and Go Word Work Workbook.

There are 37 weeks of Word Work included! I also made two different covers (boy and girl) so you could copy the entire packet at the beginning of the year and have everything taken care of from the start.

One of my favorite parts is the data page so students can keep track of how they have performed on each of the weekly rules! A quick look at the side also shows which rules are coming up next.


You might also notice that I have included a rating system at the top. This is something I found on Pinterest and have used with great success in the classroom! My students love it and I find value in letting them see where they stand besides just an A.

I’m very excited about getting this routine set up from day one, so my students can master their spelling. Get ready for the beginning of the year by getting your copy of Weekly Word Work today from my Teachers pay Teachers Shop!

Spelling City! Spelling City! Spelling City!

I stumbled upon Vocabulary Spelling City last school year around the 2nd nine weeks and used it for most of the school year. As the summer is coming to an end, I started thinking about what I wanted to keep going as far as technology tools for this coming school year and Vocabulary Spelling City came to mind.

Check out my Class Spelling Lists!

Vocabulary Spelling City is a website designed for teachers and students to practice spelling and vocabulary. Teachers can sign up for a free or premium membership. Either one allows you to post custom spelling lists and store them for students to access at any time. Several of my students used the site at home for their nightly spelling homework. Along with each spelling list you create comes a variety of games and activities tailored with your specific list. Many of the activities are printable, allowing you to send them home or work in class offline. The premium membership lets you give each student a login. Then you can track their progress and activity.

I actually enjoyed a lot of the features that it had to offer like customizable spelling lists, interactive games and printable activities. Last year the kids went to the site every once in a while, mostly to play HangMouse! This year I was considering putting a computer in the Word Work and Writing station, and requiring students to log in and complete activities during the week. I mostly used the printable activities as spelling homework or morning work (especially the handwriting worksheets!).

One thing that I really liked about it was the ability for students to take their spelling test online at their own pace. I would send a few kids over to the computer to take their spelling test and when they were done, they printed out a certificate or scorecard that gave their grade. This allowed me to give different spelling tests to different students simultaneously! And before you start thinking that I must have had a huge classroom computer station or lab access, I did this with just 3 computers. I gave the students an order to follow and they switched out!

Overall the activities are well thought out and the printing options are nice, especially since the basic account is FREE! This year I am excited to try out the premium membership and will definitely post an update after I’ve had a chance to work with it.So give Vocabulary Spelling City a shot and see how it works out in your classroom! Be sure to comment below to let us know how it works for you in your class!

As always,

Mrs. Marino

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