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5th grade spelling tests - some teachers are not bothering to issue spelling tests anymore. What are some alternative ways to effectively teach rich vocabulary at the fifth grade level?

Aug 9, 2017 1:26pm

  • English Language Arts / Other
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  • Assessment / English Language Learners

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    • Aug 26, 2017 9:51am

      Great question - I am wondering the same thing.

      • Aug 27, 2017 12:14pm

        I find the most engaging and effective strategies for language to be differentiation and authentic application. I have students create their own notebook dictionaries (or subject notebook glossaries) to "COLLECT" words they need to study.

        Since I'm unable to administer spelling/vocab tests for so many individual students, I have them buddy up to test one another. This is very effective as most students like to out perform their peers.

        My favorite way to practice vocabulary is through performance! I choose a few words from common text and hang them in the classroom. Then, throughout the week, I encourage impromptu uses of the words as dramatic gestures of creative comprehension.

        EXAMPLE: Word- parallel STUDENT: "Ms. T, our lines are now parallel and we are ready to go to lunch." ME: Indeed, your lines are perfectly parallel, and shall never meet. You may proceed."

        Students almost never forget words that entertain them.

        Other ideas that entertain & engage:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jscfDFKMg40

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuaOjtk9QoM