More About Journeys Spelling

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Last weekend and this week, I spent a lot of time working on the Spelling component of our Journeys curriculum.  Each week, there are twenty words associated with a specific rule that the kids are supposed to work with and learn.  However, there are no actual lists to copy and give to the kids and there is only one real activity to do with the words.  Earlier this week, I posted about the Spelling Choice Boards that I made to give the kids different choices about the activities they could do to practice the words.  You can read about that here.  

Then, I spent some time working on lists to copy and send home with the kids.  This seems like such a simple task, but in order to get the lists finished with the spelling rules written at the top, I had to go through all six (yes, that’s right, six) Teacher’s Guides to find the list and rule so I could type them.  I decided that there might be some of you out there who could benefit from my work, so I put the lists on Teachers Pay Teachers here.

If you are using Journeys, what do you do for the spelling component?  And (perhaps more importantly) are you completely overwhelmed by all of the components involved with this curriculum?!


Ryan Graber said...

We're using Wonders in our school district but we're in the same boat. The amount of stuff is overwhelming. It's just insane. And fitting everything that they suggest into one 45 minute time block is a bit of a mess, too.
I'm just hoping that as the year progresses and I get more in sync with the curriculum it'll start to make more sense and move faster.

Courtney said...

I am using the Journey's Spelling in my classroom this year. I type up 6 lists at a time, copy them front to back, and slide them in a page protector in my student's homework folders. So far, all I've had students do for spelling homework is ABC order and 5 sentences. However, I'm looking for some alternatives, especially for my lowest spellers who are using the struggling list. Our 2nd grade adopted the complete curriculum and I've heard from several of them that it is very overwhelming. I'm not a textbook lover, but when we had a chance to look this one over I was pretty impressed with what it had to offer. There just never seems to be enough time to get it all in though!
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