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Lists of high-frequency words improve encoding & decoding.

Spelling dictionaries are a powerful reading and writing tool for young students. Pages are a compilation of the Dolch 220 list (in bold) and other high-frequency reading and writing lists. As children write sentences and stories, they should use their dictionaries to find words they need to spell. Many students do not have instant recognition of all words, so they are developing both decoding and encoding skills. Other needed words can be written on the lines.


Construction guidelines
•  Copy the 14 spelling dictionary masters double-sided (7 sheets of paper)
•  Assemble the 7 sheets in this order:

FRONT
BACK
Outside Back
Front Cover
Inside Front
Back Cover
Z
Title
(blank)
Y
W
A
B
V
U
C
D
TH
T
E
F
S
R
G
H
Q
P
I
J
O
N
K
L
M

•  Place cover on bottom and arrange pages with backs facing up (L M on top)
•  Fold in half; unfold and staple with a long-arm stapler or stitch

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Spelling reference list for older students
This spelling reference list is suitable for older students. The words in this list include the Dolch 220 words, high-use writing words, and frequently misspelled words. There are some nouns that fit these categories, but most of the words are other parts of speech.

Copy the two pages double-sided, put into a plastic sleeve, and have students keep this reference tool in a notebook or writing folder. The words in this list are spelling nemeses for many students. If they have this sheet for quick reference, students are more apt to check for correct spelling and eventually memorize them.

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