23 Strategies to Help Learners Who Do Not Use Word Endings Correctly While Spelling

Are you looking for strategies to help students who do not use word endings correctly while spelling? If so, keep reading.

1. Affix a list of word endings (e.g., -ed,-ing, -ly, -er, etc.) and sample words to the student’s desk for them to use as a reference when writing.

2. Select a peer to take part in a daily word ending drill learning activities with the student.

3. Make sure the student correctly hears the misspelled sounds. Get the student to say the words aloud to ascertain if the student is aware of the letters or sound units in words.

4. Do not require the student to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

5. Provide the student a few words to learn to spell at one time. Spend extra time on each word until the student can spell it correctly.

6. Get the student to keep a copy of the rules for word endings at their desk.

7. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the student’s work, congratulate the student, etc.).

8. Get the student to keep a dictionary of most commonly misspelled words. Make the student check the spelling of all words they are not certain are spelled correctly.

9. Spotlight word endings (e.g., -ed, -ing, -ly, -er,etc.) in the student’s reading tasks to call attention to appropriate use of word endings.

10. Find a list of words the student has difficulty spelling correctly. Utilize this list as ongoing spelling words for the student.

11. Get the student to practice a new skill or task alone or with an aide, the teacher, or a peer before trying it with the entire group or before being graded on it.

12. Teach the student spelling ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.

13. Get the student to spend time each day practicing the use of a single word ending (e.g., -ing).On occasions where the student shows mastery of the word ending, introduce a new one.

14. Make the student use the dictionary to find the correct spelling of any words they cannot spell correctly. Emphasize spelling accurately.

15. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to hurry and make mistakes using word endings.

16. Get the student to use current spelling words in a critical manner (e.g., writing a letter to a friend, rock star, famous athlete, etc.) to enable their desire to improve.

17. Make sure the student has received instruction in using word endings (e.g., -ed, -ing, -ly, -er,etc.).

18. Give practice with word endings using an app or a hand-held educational device that gives the student instant feedback.

19. Make the student proofread all written work for spelling errors. Praise the student for correcting each spelling error.

20. 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.

21. Praise the student for using word endings correctly when spelling: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

22. Get the student to be a peer tutor to teach a spelling concept they have learned to another student. This can serve as reinforcement for the student.

23. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.

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