Our Word Work Program

Our classroom uses the research based Sitton Spelling program.  The Sitton Spelling philosophy is that words aren't really "mastered" until they are spelled correctly in everyday writing.  Many students can memorize words for a "Friday Test," but if there is no transfer to student writing, what's the point?  Fourth graders are responsible to learn "core words" from the list of 1200 words most used in everyday writing.  Words are arranged on the list in the order of frequency of use in everyday writing, and fourth graders should be responsible for knowing 1-500.  In addition, words on the "No Excuses" (Priority Word List) are words that should have 100% mastery for fourth graders.

We will teach spelling lessons and strategies such as spelling rules, phonics, word patterns etc.  Students will have classroom assignments to practice their spelling skills in context. Visual skills are developed and practiced such as proofreading.  Each week for homework, students will work on five of the words on their "personal list" that need to be learned.  Students will add words to this personal list as the words are spelled incorrectly in their everyday work.  Parents can help by becoming their child's personal spelling editor and assisting with spelling.  While the core word list may look easy, remember that these words are the words that might be misspelled or used incorrectly in everyday written work.

Students are assessed using their everyday writing. Random checks will be made to classroom assignments could be graded for spelling - science, social studies, language arts, math.  In addition, a "cloze story" test is given in which students listen to a passage read by the teacher and fill in the missing words in the story.  These words come from the core word and priority word lists.   Sentence dictation tests are also given.  The teacher reads four sentences, and the students write the sentences including using the correct punctuation.  Again, nearly every word in the sentence dictation comes from the core word or "no excuses" priority word list. 

 

 

Thank you, Mrs. Heather Renz, for her succinct description of the Sitton Spelling program.  Check her out here.

Priority Words

Priority Words – The Fourth Grade “No Excuses” List

These are words 4th grade students are expected to spell correctly 100% of the time.  This list is the minimum competency for spelling.

1     the
2     of
3     and
4     a
5     to
6     in
7     is
8     you
9     that
10    it
11    he
12    for
13    was
14    on
15    are
16    as
17    with
18    his
19    they
20    at
21    be
22    this
23    from
24    I
25    have
26    or
27    by
28    one
29    had
30    not
31    but
32    what
33    all
34    were
35    when
36    we
37    there
38    can
39    an
40    your
41    which
42    their
43    said
44    if
45    do
46    will
47    each
48    about
49    how
50    up
51    out
52    them
53    then
54    she
55    many
56    some
57    so
58    these
59    would
60    other
61    into
62    has
63    more
64    her
65    two
66    like
67    him
68    see
69    time
70    could
71    no
72    make
73    than
74    first
74    been
76    its
77    who
78    now
79    people
80    my
81    made
82    over
83    did
84    down
85    only
86    way
87    find
88    use
89    may
90    water
91    long
92    little
93    very
94    after
94    words
96    called
97    just
98    where
99    most
100   know

 

 

4th Grade Core Words

101  get
102  through
103  back
104  much
105  go
106  good
107  new
108  write
109  our
110  me
111  man
112  too
113  any
114  day
115  same
116  right
117  look
118  think
119  also
120  around
121  another
122  came
123  come
124  work
125  three
126  must
127  because
128  does
129  part
130  even
131  place
132  well
133  such
134  here
135  take
136  why
137  help
138  put
139  different
140  away
141  again
142  off
143  went
144  old
145  number
146  great
147  tell
148  men
149  say
150  small
151  every
152  found
153  still
154  between
155  mane
156  should
157  home
158  big
159  give
160  air
161  line
162  set
163  own
164  under
165  read
166  last
167  never
168  us
169  left
170  end
171  along
172  while
173  might
174  next
175  sound
176  below
177  saw
178  something
179  thought
180  both
181  few
182  those
183  always
184  show
185  large
186  often
187  together
188  asked
189  house
190  don't
191  world
192  going
193  want
194  school
195  important
196  until 
197  form
198  food
199  keep
200  children
201  feet
202  land
203  side
204  without
205  boy
206  once
207  animal
208  life
209  enough
210  took
211  four
212  head
213  above
214  kind
215  began
216  almost
217  live
218  page
219  got
220  earth
221  need
222  far
223  hand
224  high
225  year
226  mother
227  light
228  country
229  father
230  let
231  night
232  picture
233  being
234  study
235  second
236  soon
237  story
238  since
239  white
240  ever
241  paper
242  hard
243  near
244  sentence
245  better
246  best
247  across
248  during
249  today
250  however
251  sure
252  knew
253  it's
254  try
255  told
256  young
257  sun
258  thing
259  whole
260  hear
261  example
262  heard
263  several
264  change
265  answer
266  room
267  sea
268  against
269  top
270  turned
271  learn
272  point
273  city
274  play
275  toward
276  five
277  himself
278  usually
279  money
280  seen
281  didn't
282  car
283  morning
284  I'm
285  body
286  upon
287  family
288  later
289  turn
290  move
291  face
292  door
293  cut
294  done
295  group
296  true
297  half
298  red
299  fish
300  plants
301  living
302  black
303  eat
304  short
305  United  States
306  run
307  book
308  gave
309  order
310  open
311  ground
312  cold
313  really
314  table
315  remember
316  tree
317  course
318  front
319  American
320  space
321  inside
322  ago
323  sad
324  early
325  I'll
326  learned
327  brought
328  close
329  nothing
330  though
331  idea
332  before
333  lived
334  became
335  add
336  become
337  grow
338  draw
339  yet
340  less
341  wind
342  behind
343  cannot
344  letter
345  among
346  able
347  dog
348  shown
349  mean
350  English
351  rest
352  perhaps
353  certain
354  six
355  feel
356  fire
357  ready
358  green
359  yes
360  built
361  special
362  ran
363  full
364  town
365  complete
366  oh
367  person
368  hot
369  anything
370  hold
371  state
372  list
373  stood
374  hundred
375  ten
376  fast
377  felt
378  kept
379  notice
380  can't
381  strong
382  voice
383  probably
384  area
385  horse
386  matter
387  stand
388  box
389  start
390  that's
391  class
392  piece
393  surface
394  river
395  common
396  stop
397  am
398  talk
399  whether
400  fine
401  round
402  dark
403  past
404  ball
405  girl
406  road
407  blue
408  instead
409  either
410  held
411  already
412  warm
413  gone
414  finally
415  summer
416  understand
417  moon
418  animals
419  mind
420  outside
421  power
422  problem
423  longer
424  winter
425  deep
426  heavy
427  carefully
428  follow
429  beautiful
430  everyone
431  leave
432  everything
433  game
434  system
435  bring
436  watch
437  shell
438  dry
439  within
440  floor
441  ice
442  ship
443  themselves
444  begin
445  fact
446  third
447  quite
448  carry
449  distance
450  although
451  sat
452  possible
453  heart
454  real
455  simple
456  snow
457  rain
458  suddenly
459  easy
460  leaves
461  lay
462  size
463  wild
464  weather
465  miss
466  pattern
467  sky
468  walked
469  main
470  someone
471  center
472  field
473  stay
474  itself
475  boat
476  question
477  wide
478  least
479  tiny
480  hour
481  happened
482  foot
483  care
484  low
485  else
486  gold
487  build
488  glass
489  rock
490  tall
491  alone
492  bottom
493  check
494  reading
495  fall
496  poor
497  map
498  friend
499  language
500  job