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The Spellwell series targets grades 2 through 5 with two worktexts per grade level. Books are designated A and AA for second grade level, B and BB for third grade level, C and CC for fourth, and D and DD for fifth. Teacher keys are single books that each cover the two books for a grade level. This series designs lessons around spelling rules or generalizations. Some of these are discovered by students as they look for patterns, while others are specifically identified. One or more “outlaw” words appear in each lesson, and space is provided for you to add your own words to be studied.
Lessons begin with a pretest. Students who get most or all words correct might be given an additional list of more-challenging words to study or the “alternative homework” I describe below.
A variety of age-appropriate activities help students recognize spelling patterns. Other thinking skills come into play in activities such as identifying rhyming words, words that fit the same categories, and antonyms and synonyms. Some assignments take students outside the workbook. They might be instructed to “find as many words with ow as you can.”....
There are occasional composition assignments. There are also puzzles, scrambled letters, crosswords, and other more-entertaining activities....
Because of the variety, these worktexts might require more teaching or interaction than some others, but even using the most challenging activities does not require a lot of input from the parent or teacher. Generally, these are very easy to use and will not require any lesson preparation.
Worktexts are printed in black-and-white, but they have some cartoonish illustrations and creative page designs that make them more visually interesting than books like Building Spelling Skills.
The flexibility and variety within Spellwell lessons is likely to make these especially appealing to students who thrive on novelty, although they should work well for all students. Another plus is the very low cost for both the student worktexts and the teacher keys.