Spelling K-8

  • Title:Spelling K-8: Planning and Teaching
  • Author:Diane Snowball, Faye Bolton
  • Publication Date:January 1999
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781571100740
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Spelling K-8 meets the needs of schools and districts that want to put systematic teaching in place without compromising the principles of constructivist learning. Recognizing the professional expertise of classroom teachers, the authors consistently urge teachers to consider the suggested plan in relation to their children's spelling needs. Children are actively engaged in spelling explorations, being guided by their teachers, forming generalizations that reflect their current understanding about how written English works. Specific suggestions are also offered for children whose first language is not English. Spelling K-8 addresses the issues that administrators and parents are concerned about - especially phonics and learning high-frequency words - and offers teachers a wealth of strategies and resources to draw on.

Spelling K-8 assists teachers in:

  • understanding current beliefs about teaching and learning and means of translating these into classroom practice;
  • implementing specific types of spelling investigations, such as sounds, spelling patterns or suffixes, by clearly outlining the general process involved in spelling explorations;
  • identifying the possible spelling focuses for children in each grade level, taking into consideration their needs and the explorations they have been introduced to in previous years;
  • relating the teaching of spelling to reading and writing experiences in a variety of curriculum areas;
  • knowing the generalizations children need to learn to enable them to understand how written English works.

Spelling K-8 will help you plan the teaching of spelling at a whole-school level and at each grade level.


Author Bio

Diane Snowball hails from Australia and travels a lot between her home and New York. In her long career, she's been a teacher of mathematics and science, teacher-librarian, K-6 classroom teacher, assistant principal, and literacy consultant, among many other positions. She has been a literacy consultant throughout the United States and Canada for the past fifteen years and cofounded Australian United States Services in Education (A.U.S.S.I.E.), a company of approximately three hundred literacy and mathematics consultants providing professional development for K-12 administrators, teachers, and parents. She became a teacher because she was encouraged by her teachers in high school to do so. "We make a difference in children's lives, especially the neediest. It's a profession in which we always have much more to learn about, and the educational community is keen to learn collaboratively and to share ideas."

Faye Bolton is a native of Melbourne, Australia and she currently conducts onsite, ongoing professional development in schools in New York City and Australia. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy consultant in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. She believes that professional development should be onsite and ongoing in order to be effective. Faye thoroughly enjoys working with teachers who are excited by the profession they work in and want to become more effective teachers so that their students become active, successful learners. Her areas of specialty are literacy and integrated curriculum.

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