The Spelling Scholar

Common Core Standards are here! Is  your school or district ready? The Spelling Scholar is a research-based, comprehensive word study program for grades 1-6. The program meets the Common Core Standards (Spelling Scholar alignment).
It comes complete with teacher background materials, inquiry based lessons, applied practice exercises, three (3) levels of word sorts for differentiation (below, at, and above grade level), application based tests, keys, dictionary skills, writing, games, posters, high frequency words and activities, and manipulatives.
Are you tired of students misspelling the same words over again in their daily work? Our personal word portion of the program, managed by the students, ends these frustrations. Delivered on a cd, it can be placed on district servers and individual computers. Teachers can utilize electronic media for displaying lessons and can print for their students exactly the learning materials that fit their learning needs. See samples below.

Additional Information

The Spelling Scholar program:

  • Single Skill Focus in Each Lesson
  • Manageable Differentiation Techniques
  • Games
  • Application of Spelling across the Curriculum
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How Successful Are Our Students?
Test Results
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The Spelling Scholar was field tested in several classrooms. Below are the test results from 4 classrooms. The pre and post test used was a dictated test containing approximately 60 words. Although the unit tests are application based, students show excellent gains on a dictated test as well.

Class A
  • Spelling scores increased an average of 18 percentage points
  • Range of Increase: 0 to 39 points
  • 89% of the students increased their spelling scores between 7 and 39 points

Class B
  • Spelling scores increased an average of 20 percentage points
  • Range of Increase: 3 to 55 points
  • 95% of the students increased their scores between 7 and 55 points

Class C
  • Spelling scores increased an average of 24 points
  • Range of increase: 9 to 56 points
  • 96% of the students increased their scores between 9 and 56 points with 50% increasing their scores between 20 and 56 points
  • 4% (one student) scored fewer points on the post-test

Class D
  • Spelling scores increased an average of 21 points
  • Range of increase: 6 to 38 points
  • 100% of the students increased their scores between 6 and 38 points
  • 55%  increased their scores by 20% or greater on the post-test

Read article "A More Effective Way To Teach Spelling"

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The Spelling Scholar:
A Thinking Approach to Learning Spelling

What Teachers Are Saying




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (complete descriptions)

Sessions include:
  • Analyzing your current word program to teach spelling more effectively
  • Teaching Greek and Latin Roots
  • Word Study as a Foundation of Literacy
  • Personal Words
  • Introduction to Word Sorts
  • Going Beyond Basic Word Sorts
  • Assessment

Article: A Better Way to Teach Spelling

"Spelling Scholar for Teachers"

Sample Lessons to use

Same inquiry based lessons, practice, multi-level word sorts, tests, etc. as the school version.

For complete description and ordering information
for Spelling Scholar for Teachers (indicate grade level), game disks, and idea disks for creating your own lessons click here.