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Remedial Spelling Literacy Center

Remedial Spelling Literacy Center

  • $ 1999

Do you have a class or classes in which your grade-level spelling program is a good fit for some of your students, but extremely challenging for others? You want these latter students to practice grade-level spelling to keep up with their classmates, but also catch up with previous grade-level spelling patterns.

What if you could remediate the un-mastered spelling patterns for each of your students in a literacy center (or station)? You can! The Remedial Spelling Literacy Center Grades 4–8 digital download (eBook) has been designed to help your students master their remedial spelling deficits in the quickest possible time. Program prep is minimal and set-up is simple. Answers are provided with each task and your students will do all the correcting to learn from their own mistakes, except for the short formative assessments included for each lesson.

Teachers administer the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment* (print, audio file, or Google forms and sheets) to form groups of students to participate, as the data indicate, in eight Spelling Workshops. The directions for each of the workshops are the same. The Spelling Workshops consist of the following: Short Vowels, Silent Final e, Consonant Digraphs, Long Vowels, Diphthongs, Controlled Vowels, Conventional Spelling Rules, Language Influences. Workshops include multiple lessons.

Each workshop provides remedial spelling pattern worksheets (one for each test item on the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment*) to help students collaboratively learn previous grade-level sound-spelling patterns. These sound-spelling patterns perfectly complement the Common Core State Standards phonics patterns for kindergarten through fourth grade. The 102 worksheets each focus on one sound-spelling pattern and provide a spelling sort, word jumble, rhyme or book search, and a short written formative assessment.

Students collaboratively complete the spelling worksheet and self-correct to learn from their mistakes. Students individually complete the formative assessment and then mini-conference with the teacher to determine if each student has mastered the sound-spelling pattern. Yes, recording matrices are provided for you to monitor the students’ progress.

This program also provides group norms, leadership roles, task card directions, and answer sheets for each lesson or activity and both pocket chart and larger center signs. You will also get literacy center rotation options to add this center to your own literacy centers or incorporate into the author’s six grade-level Academic Literacy Centers.

You, your students, and their parents will see measurable results after using the lessons provided in this remedial literacy center.


Add this literacy center to your own rotation of literacy centers or combine with my full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week, Standards-based grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Academic Literacy Centers, which include 1. Reading: Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension 2. Writing: Sentence Revision and Literary Response 3. Language Conventions: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics 4. Vocabulary: Vocabulary Worksheets and Vocabulary Study Games 5. Spelling and Syllabication: Conventional Spelling Rule Spelling Sorts and Syllable Practice 6. Study Skills: Goal-Setting, Essential Study Skills, and Reflection/Application. Make sure to check out the value-priced Academic Literacy Centers BUNDLES for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Also take a look at my three Remedial Literacy Centers for grades 4-8 intervention. Each center provides comprehensive diagnostic and formative assessments with corresponding literacy center lessons. These full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week remedial centers fit perfectly within the group rotations provided with the Academic Literacy Centers: 1. Remedial Spelling Literacy Center 2. Remedial Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Literacy Center 3. Phonics Literacy Center.  Help your students catch up while they keep up with grade-level instruction.

You and your students will love these literacy centers!

The FREE Diagnostic Spelling Assessment is provided in the hopes that teachers will purchase the corresponding resources, such as the Remedial Spelling Literacy Center, which teach to each test item.


The 102 item assessment includes the most common previous grade-level spelling patterns.

  • Grade 4: K-3 spelling patterns (#s 1-64)
  • Grade 5: K-4 spelling patterns (#s 1-79)
  • Grade 6: K-5 spelling patterns (#s 1-89)
  • Grade 7: K-6 spelling patterns(#s 1-98)
  • Grade 8: K-7 spelling patterns (#s 1-102)

The test items are grouped by spelling patterns e.g., the four long /i/ spellings, to make posttest analysis simple. All spelling words are multi-syllabic to prevent students from identifying the words by “sight spellings” and to require recognition of the sound-spelling patterns within the context of syllables.

Assessment Formats

Choose the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment format which best suits your needs:

1. Paper Only: Teacher dictates the number of test items assigned to the grade levels, following the written administrative protocol. Students take the test on binder paper. Teacher corrects assessments according to directions and records spelling deficits on the Spelling Patterns Assessment Mastery Matrix.

Resources: Diagnostic Spelling Assessment teacher administration form; Spelling Patterns Assessment Mastery Matrix.

2. Audio and Paper: Teacher plays the 22:32 “slow speed” Diagnostic Spelling Assessment audio file for grades 4, 5, and 6 students or the 17:26 “fast speed” Diagnostic Spelling Assessment audio file for grades 7 and 8 students. The audio file includes all administrative directions. Students take the test on binder paper. Teacher corrects assessments according to directions and records spelling deficits on the Spelling Patterns Assessment Mastery Matrix.

Resources: Diagnostic Spelling Assessment 22:38 audio fileDiagnostic Spelling Assessment 17:26 audio fileSpelling Patterns Assessment Matrix.

3. Google Forms: Teacher shares either the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment Google Form with the 22:32 “slow speed” for grades 4, 5, and 6 students or the form with the “fast speed” for grades 7 and 8 students. Note that incorrect spellings with be accompanied by the Google red squiggly line indicating a spelling error. Students may be tempted to right click the word and select the correct spelling; however, if the teacher tells the students the purpose of the test and directs them not to self-correct, students will generally follow instructions. Telling students that they will receive the same amount of credit whether the spelling is accurate or not, and using the “fast speed” audio also helps students avoid the temptation of cheating. Teacher uploads the students’ Google Forms into the Spelling Patterns Assessment Mastery Matrix Google Sheets.

Resources: Diagnostic Spelling Assessment Google Form with the 22:32 “slow speed” audio file for grades 4, 5, and 6 students or the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment Google Form with the 17:26 “fast speed” audio file for grades 7 and 8 students; Spelling Patterns Assessment Mastery Matrix Google Sheets.

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