The keyword list is a list of the 38 most common rhyming spelling patterns. My team decided on a keyword to use for the whole second grade so everyone would be on the same page. There is one keyword for each ending, and knowing how to spell that word, will help you spell many other words. Here is the list, if you'd like it.. Just click & save!
I boxed around the rhyming endings.. you can obviously change the key words if you want to, these are just the ones we decided on as a team.
Ok, so this is how I go about teaching these keywords with my entire class, and then with my 5 really awful spellers...
I've chosen to introduce one new keyword a day until we've hit them all. I introduce the days keyword in our morning meeting and as a class, we come up with as many other words that we can that have the same spelling pattern/rhyme. Then, during either Reading Workshop when I'm working on word study with my little friends, or during our normal word study time, my terrible spellers fill in their personal "Keyword Dictionary". Each keyword has it's own page with the rhyme/pattern boxed, and multiple lines for students to add words they can think of that go with it. Then, after they add this to their repertoire of keywords, I expect them to spell words with the same pattern right MOST of the time. You have to make sure you keep in mind those homophones/similar sound spelling patterns when the word could be spelled both ways.
So far, this seems to be working with my strugglers. If they're trying to spell a work that they are having trouble with, I remind them.. "Will any of your keywords help you??" Then they can take a look. I put the dictionary I created on TPT, so click on the picture below if you'd like a copy :)
**Update: I had this set on my school computer and they must have cleaned out the drive without warning us. UGH! I spend SO much time on this :(. Will work on redoing it, but I probably won't finish for a while, sorry! I knew I should've put it on my USB! Rawr*
Let me know what you think and if you have any other ideas of how to help your struggling spellers. I would love to hear what's worked for you! I'm always up for new ideas :)
Now off to watching the rest of this debate and heading to bed!
Goodnight my fellow bloggers -