Saturday, February 23, 2013

March Spelling Homework Freebie

Homework can be a tricky thing sometimes.  I try to make homework fun, engaging, and purposeful, especially since my school doesn't dismiss until 4:00 pm. I want my kiddos to be able to enjoy some family time as well! 

One of the ways I've tried to incoporate the fun element to homework is changing the activities my students complete monthly for spelling.  

  
I've used these contracts for five years and my kiddos have always enjoyed getting new activities to complete each month.  Each week my students have to earn fifteen points off the contract.  As you can see some activities are worth five and some are worth ten.  The ten point activities usually take a little longer and require a bit more critical thinking skills, for example writing acrostic poems or jingles for each word.  The five point activities are a bit shorter and focus more on just practicing the word's spelling.

I have found that switching out spelling activities monthly keeps my students more engaged in their spelling homework and they appreciate the element of choice they are given with their contracts.  

I have uploaded the contract above and this one below to my Google Drive to share with you.  

This spelling contract does not have the option for Spelling City.  I know not all teachers use it/nor does every child have computer access at home. 


I teach fourth grade, so the activities on these contracts, especially the ten point activities, are geared more for intermediate kiddos.  I hope you enjoy, if you download, I'd love to know what you think!

Click on any of the images above or {here} to access both contracts via Google Drive. 
  
I also have an entire bundle of spelling contracts for the entire year available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  The March contract is different in the bundled pack, in case you were wondering. :) My kiddos LOVE getting new spelling activities each month.  You can check out the year round bundle {here} or by clicking on the image below!





Thanks to Tales Outside the Classroom, Hello Literacy, Kimberly Geswein Fonts, and Krista Wallden for the fonts and clip art. 

16 comments:

  1. I just found your site through Fourth Grade Friends. Thank you for the spelling practice ideas.
    Wow! Our students get out at 3:30 and I thought that was late. I hope you have a late start to the day. I don't know if I would get much planning in after school.

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  2. This contract is such a great idea! Kids get bored with the same-old spelling assignments. I think that this will tie well into my spelling program. Thanks!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  3. Thanks so much for this! I've been using the same contract all year (my poor kids!!) so they will be SO EXCITED to get this one! :-P
    Jivey
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  4. This is similar to my Speller's Choice activities, but I like how they can do more or less depending on the complexity of the activities... something to think about!

    :)
    Christina
    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

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  5. LOVE! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs a little later today. :)

    Donna
    Math Coach’s Corner

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I love your ideas!

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  7. Love this idea! I'm sharing it with my students and think they will enjoy this, too.

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  8. There's some great ideas for spelling there. I also like the idea of the longer activities being worth more points. Thanks

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing! I look foward to sharing this with my students!
    :) melissa

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  10. I love this idea! (Found a typo, though, in the "Other Handed" box)

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  11. I LOVE this! Do you have the other months available yet?

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  12. I like the option of kids choosing 5 OR 10 point ones. Thank you for sharing! :)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  13. I love this idea! I use the same contract all year and love the idea of switching it up. Do you have other months available, or will they be available? I checked your TPT store but didn't see any.

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