23 Strategies to Help Students 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 learner’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 learner.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Get the learner to keep a dictionary of most commonly misspelled words. Make the learner 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 learner’s reading tasks to call attention to appropriate use of word endings.

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

11. Get the learner 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 learner spelling ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.

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

14. Make the learner 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 learner to hurry and make mistakes using word endings.

16. Get the learner 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 learner 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 learner instant feedback.

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

20. Utilize wall charts showing word endings (e.g., -ed, -ing, -ly, -er, etc.) and sample words for the learner to use as a reference when writing.

21. Praise the learner for using word endings correctly when spelling: (a) give the learner 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 learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

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

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

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