As I mentioned at Back to School Night, I will be using differentiated spelling lists. The first three weeks of school students will all have the same list as I assess where they are right now. Students might need to move onto a more challenging list or have a bit easier list for a while and I will replace their lists as such. Their grade does not depend upon which list they receive. All words are fourth grade level. Pretests will be on Monday and final tests will be on Friday.
A few students requested having challenge words. The students do not have to use these words but may if they choose. We have discussed in class that if they choose to use these words I expect them to spell them correctly since they are copying them off their list. The same requirements apply to these words as their weekly words. They may choose to only use one of the challenge words or all five. This is part of their own differentiation as well as learning perserverance choice. They may choose at any point to stop using this list. There are no penalties.