This is just a short blog to share an idea.
I stumbled across a new idea today. At least it is new to me. I was preparing some spelling work for my class. We are going to work on words with the -cious suffix. For a while, I have used an idea that I found on the excellent teaching ideas website Try This Teaching which has been created by Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportaali). This involved using letter tiles to make words with a given letter pattern.
Today, I thought why not actually work out the number of points for a given set of words that contain the letter pattern/suffix/prefix etc that you are working. This would help the children to focus in on the trickier parts of the words as they have to think about every letter to know its score. I think this could be particularly useful for words with silent letters.
This could be further developed with questions like: (the possibilities are endless and could allow you to develop the fluency of any number work you like).
Which word has the highest/lowest total score?
Which words have a score that is a prime number?
The total score for one of the words is ________. Which word is it?
You could also add other elements such as triple word points, double letter points etc.
All of these questions would mean that the children are looking at the words you want them to spell very carefully and hopefully will help them to develop increased fluency in the area of maths that you wish to focus on. Win, win.