Teach a Student to Spell

The primary function of English spelling is to represent meaning. Spelling is not just sounds written down. The spelling of a word reflects its meaning, parts, history, relatives, and finally sounds.

Teach a Student to Spell is the follow-up workbook series to the Teach a Student to Read reading program, which strives to teach students accurate and complete information about the English spelling system.

Instead of only learning spelling through rote memorization, students will learn the reasons for the spellings of words. Teach a Student to Spell teaches that sometimes every letter in a word spells a sound but that some letters do not spell sounds. Units of one, two, or three letters called graphemes (digraphs, trigraphs) spell sounds. Letters can be zeroed. Letters can be phonological, etymological, and/or lexical markers.

Teach a Student to Spell Bundle

Purchase the first six levels of the Teach a Student to Spell workbook series at a discounted price via the Teach a Student to Spell Bundle.

Level 1

Level 1 consists of 36 spelling lists of 8 to 10 words each. The spelling lists are based on the most common words in English and various sight word lists. The goal of Level 1 is to teach the spellings of the most common English words and common English bases. Each list reinforces the graphemes taught in Teach a Student to Read. Some complex words are also introduced. Related words are noted.

Students must be early readers. Some knowledge of the English writing system such as the letters of the alphabet is required. Level 1 is recommended for ages 5 to 7 in kindergarten through first grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 1 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $12.99 for the 231-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 1

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Level 2

Level 2 consists of 36 spelling lists of 16 words each. The spelling lists are based on the most common words in English and various sight word lists. The first goal of Level 2 is to teach more spellings of the most common English words and common English bases. Each list reinforces the graphemes taught in Teach a Student to Read. Some complex words are also introduced. Related words are noted. The second goal of Level 2 is to teach common English suffixes and spelling rules. Words from Level 1 sometimes appear in Level 2 to reinforce spelling rules with suffixes. Level 2 introduces word sums.

Level 2 is recommended for ages 6 to 8 in first grade through second grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 2 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $14.49 for the 309-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 2

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Level 3

Level 3 consists of 36 spelling lists of 12 words each. The spelling lists are based on the most common words in English and various sight word lists. The first goal of Level 3 is to teach more spellings of the most common English words and common free English bases. Each list reinforces the graphemes taught in Teach a Student to Read. Some complex words are also introduced. Related words are noted. The second goal of Level 3 is to teach more English suffixes and spelling rules. Level 3 also introduces prefixes and connecting vowels. Words from Level 1 and Level 2 sometimes appear in Level 3 to reinforce spelling rules with prefixes and suffixes. Level 3 introduces word sums that contain three or more morphemes.

Level 3 is recommended for ages 7 to 9 in second grade through third grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 3 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $15.49 for the 347-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 3

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Level 4

Level 4 consists of 36 spelling lists of 12 words each. The spelling lists are based on the most common words in English and various sight word lists. The first goal of Level 4 is to teach more spellings of the most common English words and common free English bases. Each list reinforces the graphemes taught in Teach a Student to Read. Some complex words are also introduced. Related words are noted. The second goal of Level 4 is to teach more English prefixes, suffixes, and spelling rules. Words from Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 and additional words sometimes appear in Level 4 to reinforce spelling rules with prefixes and suffixes. The final six lists focus on bound bases.

Level 4 is recommended for ages 8 to 10 in third grade through fourth grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 4 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $17.49 for the 443-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 4

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Level 5

Level 5 consists of 36 lists of one to four bases each. The number of bases in each list depends on the size of the word family. The activities focus on the four questions of Structured Word Inquiry: (1) What does a word mean? (2) How is the word built? (3) What are morphological and etymological relatives of the word? and (4) What are the sounds that matter? What are the letters doing?

The goal of Level 5 is to study the spelling of English words using the Structured Word Inquiry framework. Level 5 builds on the spelling rules introduced in Level 3 and Level 4. Level 5 also reinforces the prefixes, suffixes, and connecting vowels from Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 while introducing additional prefixes and suffixes.

Level 5 is recommended for ages 9 to 11 in fourth grade through fifth grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 5 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $17.49 for the 443-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 5

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Level 6

Level 6 consists of 36 lists of one to four bases each. The number of bases in each list depends on the size of the word family. (One base is divided into two lessons because of the number of words in the word family.) The activities focus on the four questions of Structured Word Inquiry: (1) What does a word mean? (2) How is the word built? (3) What are morphological and etymological relatives of the word? and (4) What are the sounds that matter? What are the letters doing? The goal of Level 6 is to study the spelling of English words using the Structured Word Inquiry framework. Level 6 builds on the spelling rules introduced in Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5. Level 6 also reinforces the prefixes, suffixes, and connecting vowels from Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5 while introducing additional prefixes and suffixes.

Level 6 is recommended for ages 10 to 12 in fifth grade through sixth grade.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 6 is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $18.19 for the 479-page workbook.

Teach a Student to Spell: Level 6

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