Spelling lists using Wordle

| November 13, 2011 | 6 Comments 

I don’t know about you, but when I set a list of spellings I try to make them relevant, and useful, for the curriculum elements we’re covering at the time.

Differentiation is valuable, essential and necessary, but can make some pupils feel a little self conscious because they either have a set of words that are seen to be “easier” than others, or another child can feel a little awkward because their list is “harder”. (Yes. That can happen).

Without realising it, we might restrict or limit one group or another. Here is a quick suggestion you might want to try:

Give everybody all of the spellings for that week. Do it in a Wordle. For each group, copy and paste their vocabulary in more frequently, (try 2 or 3 times).

Everybody gets all of the words, but… those who you might have defined as lower ability, could surprise you, and have a go at words that aren’t in their list.

For the top group, the other vocabulary is there to reinforce and revise spellings they might have forgotten.

On different levels, you have subliminal learning without restricting or insisting.

Something to think about, if only because the word lists look more attractive.

Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. Jane Thomson says:

    Good advice. I also got the kids to play Friends and Enemies. Two envelopes labelled ‘friends’ and ‘enemies’. Once they have learned new words (words are printed out by kids), the words are transferred to the ‘friends’ envelope. I suppose it was my go at differentiation. Found kids enjoyed it and it was personal for them. I also allowed them to choose the words from the contexts we were using that week. Bonus was that the less able could choose any word and they had a go at challenging words which I wouldn’t have given them in the first place! Choice plays a huge role in motivating kids to challenge themselves.

  2. John McLear says:

    We put a feature into PrimaryPad that allows direct export to Wordle so you can collaborate with kids in creating spelling lists then one click export to Wordle, works quite well 🙂

  3. Tim says:

    Great advice Jane
    Thank you

  4. Tim says:

    …and that would add another layer of collaboration and interaction. Thank you

  5. Gareth says:

    I have just tried this idea out with my own son who is in Year 2 and a dare I say it “a reluctant reader” this has worked wonders as he knows that he has to do the BIG words but he then tries to get as many of the small words done as well. Great Idea – I am thinking of a way to adapt it for numeracy.

  6. Tim says:

    Hey Gareth, brilliant! Glad you have tried the idea, and with success, but then also took the time to let us know.
    We’d be interested to see what you come up with for maths.
    All the best

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