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School District:Rapid City
Unit of Study Title:Fishing for S’s/Effective Spelling Strategies
Grade Level:3-5
Time Frame:entire school year
Key Words:Spreadsheet, V-tel, scanner, “S” list. Does it look right, sound right and make sense?
Unit Designer:Marietta Cady
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/12/2002 12:54:14 PM
Date Last Revised:6/13/2002 12:12:57 PM
Topic Area:Communications/Language Arts
Peer Reviewer:Cora Brown
Peer Reviewer E-mail:: cora

Brief Summary of Unit: Students will utilize a variety of technological methods to enhance their spelling skills to further increase their abilities effectively.

Students will Understand: Students will understand that to be able to retain information presented, they will need to study in a hands-on method in order to process this to memory. They will be able to ask questions of themselves regarding, “What looks right, sounds right or makes sense?”

Link to Standards #1

Communications/Language Arts
Students will read at increasing levels of complexity for various purposes.
Students will use critical listening and viewing skills in various situations and for a variety of purposes.
Students will speak effectively in a variety of formal and informal situations.

Indicator:Students will use various spelling cues/strategies to interpret and comprehend text,e.g.,context, semantic, syntactic and graphophonic cues.
Benchmark(s):Students will use the knowledge of word parts to determine meaning of an unfamiliar word in spelling,e.g., chunking, root words, prefixes and suffixes.
Students will appropriately select strategies of spelling for different purposes,e.g., enjoyment and information.
Students will make inferences using information derived from spelling strategies.
Students will use appropriate clues to construct meaning from spelling used in text,e.g.,pronouns, nouns, verbs, noun-verb agreement.
Other Content Standards:-Use various listening and viewing strategies in social, academic, and occupational situations.
-Interpret and evaluate ideas/information from various oral/visual sources
-Utilize various strategies retain/retrieve critical oral and visual information.
-Use various presentation strategies to enhance communication. (example: non-verbal techniques, visual aids, physical setting environments.
-Use the appropriate structure and sequence to best express ideas and convey information.

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: Students will be able to feel comfortable enough to be able to ask questions that are relevant to the material being learned. The will comprehend that no question is “stupid” and that questions are important to conducive learning environments. They will be able to grasp the concept that this format will induce higher order thinking skills.
1. How does this look? Is it spelled correctly?
2. How does this sound?
3. Does the sentence make sense?
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: The students will use a variety of technological methods to enhance their effective spelling strategies such as a spreadsheet, V-tel, scanner, and related student activities that will incorporate hands on techniques to instill memory.

Assessment Plan: Students will be assessed in a variety of ways such as spelling tests, oral tests, observation, reports, skits, participation and interaction, spell downs, word searches,
games, artwork, sentence structure and a diligence and commitment to learn all that is presented to them.

Learning Activities: The students will be able to perform in a variety of activities that will increase their spelling skills such as devising word searches, sand spelling, skits, spell downs, sequence structure, solar storms, spin art, games, sharing activities, singing songs, sign language and spontaneous insights to the material studied.

Notes:This unit will be able to be utilized from a concrete to abstract form depending on the grade level taught. How well students do will be graphically displayed in a competitive genre. This will provide each student an opportunity to excel in the area of spelling and yearn to learn more each and every day!

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Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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