Spelling Workout Resource

Spelling Workout is a research-based K-8 learning solution that takes a phonetic and structural approach to spelling instruction. This approach supports the strong relationship between reading, writing, and spelling. The Spelling Workout resource is developmental and systematically advances students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. Cross-curriculuar reading passages, high-interest writing activities, and skill-based games will enhance students’ literacy skills and develop a deeper understanding of the English language.

A Spelling Resource That Works

Practice-Based Student Workbooks
The Spelling Workout Student Workbook at each grade level provides thirty-six lessons with ample room for spelling practice, reading, writing, and proofreading exercises. Lesson emphasis is on spelling strategies, developing vocabulary, practicing correct word usage, and understanding word derivations. Activities such as crosswords, riddles, and word search puzzles engage students in learning.

Developmental Spelling Word Lists
Each lesson in Spelling Workout focuses on a list of twenty words that relate to an organizing spelling principle, pattern, or origin. A list of bonus words are provided from across the resource.

Word lists include:

  • Frequently misspelled words
  • Application to students’ academic experiences
  • Introduction to new or unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Visual structural similarity (consonant and vowel patterns)
  • Relationship groupings (prefixes, roots, subject areas, etc.)

Flexible, Research-Based Instructional Plan
The Spelling Workout Teacher’s Edition is designed with flexibility in mind, and includes both a 5-day and 3-day plan. Teaching strategies are also provided to reinforce spelling skills with other resource areas throughout the day. Spelling Workout uses a traditional test-study-test method of teaching spelling. The student first takes a pretest of words that have not yet been introduced. Under the direction of the teacher, the student then corrects the test, rewriting correctly any word that has been missed. This approach provides opportunities for students to analyze spelling mistakes and discover spelling patterns.

The Teacher’s Edition includes:

  • Pre-test dictation sentences
  • Spelling strategies and start-up activities
  • Concise teaching notes for each lesson
  • Spelling and writing suggestions
  • Activities and dictation sentences for bonus words