Word Wall Words - 90 Commonly Misspelled Words
Students in the upper grades should focus on learning words that are commonly misspelled. A list is attached. These words should be posted in an area separate from the Nifty Thrifty Fifty.
Nifty Thrifty Fifty
Older students need to learn to decode larger (polysyllabic) words. Since English is very complex, students need to learn a core vocabulary that will help them figure out what unfamiliar words in text mean. The Nifty Thrifty Fifty words contain common roots, prefixes and suffixes. To help students learn a system for decoding and spelling big words, they will learn to read, spell and understand common spelling patterns of the 50 words. Once students know the spelling patterns of these words, they can apply that knowledge to help them to spell and build meaning for many other words.
For each Nifty Thrifty Fifty word a reader knows, (s)he can read at least 7 more words. That means that by mastering the Nifty Thrifty Fifty word list, students can use at least 350 additional words when reading and writing.
Each month, students will focus on 8-10 Nifty Thrifty Fifty words. These should be posted in the classroom and used in writing.