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Second graders perform a variety of activities with a dynamic, ever-changing classroom word wall as outlined in these lessons. They become less dependent on the word wall as the school year progresses.
Affect or effect? Ensure, insure or assure? Here’s a presentation that focuses on commonly misused words that sound similar yet have different spelling and meanings. The homonyms are defined and then examples are presented. Consider augmenting the presentation with a practice exercise.
In this February and other words with tricky spellings activity, students use scrambled letters, definitions and a dictionary to identify 65 words with tricky spellings, then write them.  A list of more irregular words is included.
Wait, should I use its or it's? What about their, there, or they're? Here is the comprehensive packet you've been looking for! All of the tricky homonyms and homophones are detailed here, the only problem is that they're not defined. After defining and familiarizing the words with your class, provide this packet as practice. 
Students use their high-use spelling words to complete a sponge activity. In this quick spelling challenge, students select the activity of their choice to complete by the end of the week on their own time. The activities require their teacher to provide them with a list of high-use spelling words.
Prepare your first grade classroom for the Common Core with this series of colorful literacy standard displays. Providing children with clear learning objectives throughout the school year, this resource includes each English language arts standard rewritten as a We can statement with supporting pictures and examples. 
This 2-page instructional activity addresses vocabulary and spelling through fill-in-the-blank exercises, questions about rhyming words, syllable identification, and prompts about parts of speech. It also includes suggested activities for small groups.
Act and act, address and address...there are so many words in our dictionary that can function as nouns or verbs. Start this activity by having your class list as many as they possibly can. When an adequate list presents itself, have your class members write sentences with a couple of them, using them as both a verb and a noun. From here, kids can read the attached article about Google, answering the five presented questions, or complete some of the activities detailed. A superb language study. 
First and second graders expand their vocabulary by reading a word recognition booklet.  In this English vocabulary lesson, learners utilize a booklet of 220 basic sight words which they read over everyday and are quizzed on the spelling or definition. They complete a recognition test once a week to keep their skill set sharp.
Ninth graders apply the steps of the writing process, emphasizing revising and editing in their final drafts. The correct usage of contractions, homophones and homonyms are emphasized in this lesson.
What is a homograph? Develop your students' vocabulary with a word association tool.   Language arts classes discover what a homograph is and how it can be used as a visual thesaurus. They discover the other uses for homographs such as linking brainstorming ideas to a subject.
If you’re going to get a tattoo, make sure your artist writes it right because it’s hard to correct their inkings. That’s the big idea in this short lesson on commonly misspelled words like their/there/they’re and it’s/its.  Images and a short YouTube video reinforce the message that spelling is important. Links to the video and other grammar sites are included.
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about English word usage. Page includes links to answers, ads and resources.
Every elementary classroom should have a word wall! It reinforces new vocabulary words and their correct spelling! The teacher is given a daily word wall routine that has learners read, chant, and write words. Rhyme and vocabulary activities provide further practice for your youngsters.
Students sort word card into two categories (common and proper nouns). They copy the class charts. Students create a table in Word including the headings, common noun and proper noun. They put the correct words onto their chart and add a clip art of each word with a sentence using the noun correctly.
Come, see, conquer the language in Julius Caesar with a resource that lists the SAT words that appear in Shakespeare’s play. Templates provide definitions and derivations, as well as famous lines. The packet also includes an AP style writing prompt. A must-have resource for friends, drama geeks, and instructors. 
First graders recognize Dolch sight words on cards and texts. They practice the selected words by creating short sentences. After reading different fables, 1st graders create their own illustrations to accompany the stories. Once they are familiar with the words, they reinforce their recognition by answering word search puzzles.
Ten sentences provide practice in using accept or except correctly. Good for use after you review the meanings of these two commonly confused words. Online, the key is visible from the same page as the exercise. When you print it, though, the key is on page two. 
In this vocabulary worksheet, students choose the best word for each blank in fifty-three sentences.
Phonetic masters identify and recognize short vowel sounds by reading and listening to a story that highlights select words. They use picture clues to aid comprehension and construct a story by actively choosing and identifying short-vowel sounds that complete each C-V-C word. The instructional activity spans two days and includes several fun extension activities and good reading suggestions. 

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