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1. Display a chart with a list of spelling rules so the student can refer to it when finishing written tasks.
2. Give the student a list of words that represent the spelling rules to keep at their desk for reference (e.g., “hoping” represents dropping the silent e when adding ing, “hopping” represents doubling the final consonant when adding ing, etc.).
3. Make the student practice basic spelling rules daily.
4. Give the student self-checking learning resources. Require the student to make corrections before turning in tasks.
5. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the student’s work, congratulate the student, etc.).
6. Minimize distracting stimuli in the classroom when the student is working on spelling and related learning activities (e.g., place the student in a carrel or “office” space).
7. Get the student to practice using spelling rules in words, sentences, etc., that are written every day.
8. Give the student commercial or teacher-made games that give practice using spelling rules.
9. Make the student proofread their written tasks using spelling rules. Praise the student for each correction they make when using spelling rules.
10. Daily, examine those spelling skills that have been previously introduced.
11. Teach the student to use spelling rules to spell words correctly rather than simply memorizing the spelling of words for testing purposes (e.g., dropping the silent e when adding ing, etc.).
12. Make the student use the dictionary to find the correct spelling of any words they cannot spell correctly. Place emphasis on spelling accurately.
13. Daily, examine those spelling skills that have been previously introduced.
14. Teach the student why they are learning spelling rules (e.g., give the student a concrete example of how each word can be used in their life).
15. Give the student a list of spelling rules to keep at their desk. Make the student refer to the rules when writing words, sentences, etc.
16. Daily, examine those spelling skills that have been previously introduced.
17. Utilize wall charts showing word endings (e.g., -ed, -ing, -ly, -er, etc.) and sample words for the student to use as a reference when writing.
18. Make the student orally explain how they spell words using spelling rules (e.g., “i before eexcept after c,” etc.).
19. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.