First Grade Curriculum » Spelling Lists
Please scroll down for spelling lists and dictation sentences. :)
Come to this page any time you want to look at previous spelling lists. You can also come here to get a sneak peek at the sentences I'll be dictating that week, in case you'd like to have your Dolphin practice writing them at home. When I dictate sentences in class, I repeat them very slowly, many times, until all students have finished. When I grade dictation sentences, I'm looking to see if students have spelled their list words correctly in the context of a sentence, and if they've used capitals and proper punctuation. I do not expect students to spell every word in each sentence correctly.
****9/17/14 Spelling Test Info****
Each Thursday, we will have a Spelling test. The test consists of spelling words and dictation sentences. Here's a rundown of how I grade each test. The following descriptions will make more sense when your Dolphin brings home their first test this Friday, and you get to see what it looks like. :)
Must Do Words Only /10 - This is the main spelling grade for the 10 must do list words on the front of the test. For the first five or so tests, I won't mark a word incorrect if a letter is backwards, or if there's a capital that doesn't need to be there. I'll let you know when this changes, when kids will absolutely need to have their letters printed correctly.
Must Do in Sentences /10 - This is a grade for how accurately those same 10 spelling words are spelled in the context of a sentence. This is more difficult than writing the words in a list. To dictate the sentences, I say them over and over about a million times, until everyone has finished. (I post these sentences in this section of the website each week - scroll down to see them.)
Capitals / - There are usually only four words to capitalize in the sentences, and those are the first word of each sentence. At the beginning of the year, I actually tell the class at least ten times during the test to make sure that every sentence starts with a capital. :)
Punctuation / - This early in the year, all I'm looking for is end-of-sentence punctuation. During the first few tests, I'll keep pointing out that no sentence is finished without its punctuation. If the sentence is a question, I'll inflect my voice dramatically, and say leading things like, "I seem to be asking a question! I can imagine what punctuation this sentence will need!" As the year goes on, I won't be giving all of these hints during the test. :)
Name and Date /5 - They get five points just for writing their name and the date beautifully. I'll go easy on them the first few times, but I really expect them to learn to use the lines properly (We call them the sky, the fence, the ground, and the basement). Numbers are like capital letters, and should go all the way from the sky to the ground.
Can Do Words /5 - I dictate these words to everyone, but I tell them that it's okay if they didn't practice these tricky words, and just to sound them out. If your child has "N" as their score, that means "Not Scored" - I don't want to score them on something they were just sounding out. I'll mostly put a grade if they spelled 4 or 5 correctly. Don't worry - this doesn't go on the report card or anything.
Let me know if you have any questions!
For the test on Thurs. 9/18
Must Do words:
man, cat, is, nap, and, dad, has, can, are, mad
Can Do words:
pencil, crayon, school, paper, eraser
1. The cat can nap on my lap.
2. The man has a dog and a cat.
3. Are we going to get a gift for my dad?
4. He is mad because he lost his hat.
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