Monday, July 29, 2013

Spelling Contracts Through the Year

Last spring I shared how I organize spelling homework in my fourth grade classroom and was blown by just how much you loved the contracts I shared.  You can check those posts out here and here. The ones included in my year long bundle are a little bit different though. :)

These spelling contracts are one of the few things that has stuck around since my first year of teaching. Of course, their appearance has changed a lot, but the content has remained the same. 

The thing that my kiddos and their parents love about these contracts is the power of choice involved. 

 I would give my kiddos a week to earn 15 points off this contract.  Many of my gifted kiddos chose the ten point activities, which take longer, allow a little bit more creativity, and more word application.  While many other students chose to earn their 15 points by completing three 5 point activities, which focus mainly on learning to spell their words in fun and engaging ways.  I would change the activities for both monthly and my students and their families really appreciated having different choices each month, it keeps spelling homework "fresh".

Many of you left comments or sent emails about how you used their for Word Work during your school day whether it be in centers, workstations, etc. and I thought that application was brilliant! Especially as I've been reading up on the Daily Five more and more this summer to prepare for implementing it in my classroom.  

I held myself and laptop hostage the past few days and finally cranked out the year long spelling contract bundle I've been promising you. 

The activities on each contract are different from the month before, and while some activities do repeat, I made sure to really space them out. 

The wonderful thing about these contracts is that they work with any list.  Obviously, I recommend these activities for third and up, but I've left spaces for you to determine how many points for your students to earn and left the phrasing on the contracts generic enough to work with any spelling list. I have also included options for each both that do/do not include Spelling City.  I understand that some of you use it or some of you work with populations of students that do not have internet access at home.  Here's a peak at the non Spelling City contract. 
 I have uploaded this file to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and you can access it via any of the images in this post or by clicking here.  


  1. Ok I love this!!! I was thinking about doing a contract this year and this looks fantastic!!!

  2. Oh this is great! I always ask my students to practice spelling but its on the honor system...and you can imagine how well that works ;) Adding this to my wishlist :)

  3. Fantastic! Love! I used to do something similar, then stopped. This is so well done, I may go back to having this assignment in my classroom again. Nice job! And very well priced! : )

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  4. I am going to buy these right now! I am so sick of recreating my spelling homework choices to keep things "fresh". You just saved me a year's worth of spelling drama. :)
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  5. I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love your monthly spelling contracts. I've been using it for 3 years now and it's one of the best purchased I've made on TPT. It's such a valuable resource as a teacher, clear for parents & kids to understand, & the kids love doing the contract rather then regular practice worksheets. Thanks so much for creating it!

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