Spelling 2017-2018

Spelling, Semester 2, Term 3, 2018


Commonly Confused Words -- Test #5 on February 22/23, 2018
here/hear
barely/barley
9. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

10. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.


here/hear  
See hear/here.
barely/barley
See barely/barley

Commonly Confused Words -- Test #4 on February 13/14, 2018

were/we’re/where
then/than

This is a link to helps for learning correct spelling for  were/we're, then/than.


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were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.    (past tense of the verb “are”)
We’re going to lunch.              (contraction of “we are”)
Where is he?                           (question word about place)

then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.                         (shows a time or cause/effect relationship)
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.         (shows comparison) 




Commonly Confused Words -- Test #3 on February 5/6, 2018

a lot/allot/and NOT alot
 cause/because
5. a lot/allot/ alot
I’m reading a lot of books.
The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
(There is no word spelled alot.)

6. cause/because
Smoking can cause cancer.
He left because he was angry at her.



Commonly Confused Words -- Test #2 on January 24/25


3. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

4. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.



Commonly Confused Words -- Test 1 on January 16/17
its/it's
to/too/two


1. its/it’s
The dog buried its bone.
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It’s alive!

2. to/too/two
Let’s go to the library.
There are too many good books to choose from.
I always carry two pencils.





As this grouchy flower puts it. .. 



Mrs. Mace's Mnemonics
Too- Look at the two little “o”s at the end of this one. They are buddies! This is used when we add a buddy to whatever is happening. (i.e. Clara wants a brownie, too.)

To- When you’re going somewhere, (i.e. I’m going to the library) you want your travel time to be short. This is the shortest way to write “to”, so we use it for travel! Also, it goes with verbs, like “to bake” or “to cry”. Since the interesting part is the verb, we want our “to” word to be short, so that the focus can be on the action!

Two- This one has the letter “w” in it. When we double (get it? Like double-u, like the letter “w”?) a number, we multiply it by 2. And this “two” means the number two! So “w” makes us think double, which is the number.

Its- This talks about belonging. When you own something really valuable like a cell phone or wallet, you usually keep it close to you. These letters are all close together, (no apostrophe in the middle) just like with our belongings.



It’s- This is actually two words, “it is”. When we feel lazy, we squish them together and use the apostrophe instead of the letter “I”. When you look at this word, pretend that the apostrophe is an “I”, and see if the sentence makes sense.
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Previous Assignments 

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Procedure for Studying Spelling Words


Spelling Test #1

Receive August  by 28/29.   Test September 6/7.

Spelling List #2   

Receive  September 8/11.   Test September 18/19.

A retake for Test #1 will also be offered on this day. 


Receive September 29/30
The date for the test will be announced later.
We will be studying each of these terms and how to use them in class.
Study also on your own.  

Commonly Confused Words -- Test 1 on [to be determined]
its/it's
to/too/two





As this grouchy flower puts it. .. 



Mrs. Mace's Mnemonics
Too- Look at the two little “o”s at the end of this one. They are buddies! This is used when we add a buddy to whatever is happening. (i.e. Clara wants a brownie, too.)

To- When you’re going somewhere, (i.e. I’m going to the library) you want your travel time to be short. This is the shortest way to write “to”, so we use it for travel! Also, it goes with verbs, like “to bake” or “to cry”. Since the interesting part is the verb, we want our “to” word to be short, so that the focus can be on the action!

Two- This one has the letter “w” in it. When we double (get it? Like double-u, like the letter “w”?) a number, we multiply it by 2. And this “two” means the number two! So “w” makes us think double, which is the number.

Its- This talks about belonging. When you own something really valuable like a cell phone or wallet, you usually keep it close to you. These letters are all close together, (no apostrophe in the middle) just like with our belongings.



It’s- This is actually two words, “it is”. When we feel lazy, we squish them together and use the apostrophe instead of the letter “I”. When you look at this word, pretend that the apostrophe is an “I”, and see if the sentence makes sense.
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Materials from 2016-2017

This is the sign to use for your Take-Home Quiz.

This Year =======================================
Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 1
Once you have taken your test, if you misspell any of the test words on work for our class, you will lose points on your grade and will be expected to make up those points by showing you know how to use and spell the word correctly.

Overall Spelling Test on All Words for Term 1
October 25/26

Test on October 31/November 1


11. are/our
We are happy.
Our mother is happy.


12. where/wear
Where is he?
Did you wear your coat to school?






Test #5 on October 14/16
here/hear

barely/barley
9. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

10. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.


here/hear  
See hear/here.
barely/barley
See barely/barley

Test #4  On October 6/7

were/we’re/where
then/than


helps to learn correct spelling for  were/we're, then/than


7. were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.
We’re going to lunch.
Where is he?

8. then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.
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Test #3  On September ___
a lot/allot/and NOT alot
 cause/because
5. a lot/allot/ alot
I’m reading a lot of books.
The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
(There is no word spelled alot.)

6. cause/because
Smoking can cause cancer.
He left because he was angry at her.



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are/our
where/wear


Test #2  On September 16/19:

3. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

4. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.




Test 1 on September 1/September 2 
its/it's
to/too/two






As this grouchy flower puts it. .. 




Mrs. Mace's Mnemonics
Too- Look at the two little “o”s at the end of this one. They are buddies! This is used when we add a buddy to whatever is happening. (i.e. Clara wants a brownie, too.)

To- When you’re going somewhere, (i.e. I’m going to the library) you want your travel time to be short. This is the shortest way to write “to”, so we use it for travel! Also, it goes with verbs, like “to bake” or “to cry”. Since the interesting part is the verb, we want our “to” word to be short, so that the focus can be on the action!

Two- This one has the letter “w” in it. When we double (get it? Like double-u, like the letter “w”?) a number, we multiply it by 2. And this “two” means the number two! So “w” makes us think double, which is the number.

Its- This talks about belonging. When you own something really valuable like a cell phone or wallet, you usually keep it close to you. These letters are all close together, (no apostrophe in the middle) just like with our belongings.



It’s- This is actually two words, “it is”. When we feel lazy, we squish them together and use the apostrophe instead of the letter “I”. When you look at this word, pretend that the apostrophe is an “I”, and see if the sentence makes sense.
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Test #2  On September 16/19

3. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

4. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.






Last Year =======================================

Spelling counts. There’s a big difference between, 
“You make my heart soar,” and, “You make my heart sore.”
                      -- Brian P. Cleary


"English is a difficult language. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though." 
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Learning the Words
We will discuss them in class.  The teacher will provide ideas for how to remember them.
You will copy them into your composition book, along with sample sentences.
Here is a method to help you learn your words:

Spelling Imagery Strategy

To help yourself remember, draw pictures, use and/or create memory tricks, practice, teach someone else, watch for errors using these in published work.
(If you do find errors in published work, bring them to Ms. D. for extra credit!)





Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 2

Spelling practice:  https://quizlet.com/102626513/learn

October 30/November 2
accept/except
I accept the prize with pride.
They chose everyone except me.

break/brake
Let us take a break.
The brake on the bike was broken.
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November 9/10
definitely/defiantly
I definitely want the money.
She defiantly stomped out of the room.
desert/dessert
I was lost in the desert.
Yes, I want more dessert.
Never desert your post if you are a soldier.
A good friend will not desert you when you are having problems.
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November 19/20
(lie/lay)   Lie means to recline.  I'm doing it myself.   Lay means to put or place.  I'm doing it to something else. 
I will lie down on my bed.
I will lay the book on the desk.

I lie on my bed often.
I lay the book there every day.

I am lying on my bed.
I am laying the book on the desk.

Yesterday I lay on my bed.
Yesterday I laid the book on my desk.

I have lain in my bed every night.
I have laid the book on that desk every day.

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December 4/7
led/lead
Mr. Major led the band.
Please lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A pencil lead is made of graphite, not lead.
threw/through
She threw the ball.
It went through the hoop.
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December 14/15
write/right/rite
Please write neatly.
This is the right spelling.
A rite is a ceremony.

whose/who's    (Whose/Who's)
Whose sweater is that?
Who's missing today?
Who's finished reading the assignment?
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January 7/8  with review test
board/bored
We wrote the sentences on the board.
I feel bored when I copy these sentences.



principle/principal
One founding principle of the United States is freedom of speech.
The leader of our school is Principal Schoonover.

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January 7/8   Review test on all words for Term 2. 

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Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 1

August 27/28: 
its/it's
to/too/two

September 4/8: 
your/you’re
there/their/they’re

September 11/14:
a lot/allot/and NOT alot
cause/because

September 17/18:
were/we’re/where
then/than

September 25/28:
here/hear
barely/barley

October 1/2:
are/our
where/wear


October 9/12
Overall test on the words learned so far 

Practice with flashcards:  https://quizlet.com/_1kmci4



Carefully edit for these words.  Once you have been tested on a word, if you misspell it in your written work, you will lose five points for each error.  You may complete a make-up assignment to recover the points.


Don’t forget to edit!

Here are sample sentences for your words:

1. its/it’s
The dog buried its bone.
Common Confusing Words
It’s alive!

2. to/too/two
Let’s go to the library.
There are too many good books to choose from.
I always carry two pencils.

3. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

4. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.

5. a lot/allot/ alot
I’m reading a lot of books.
The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
(There is no word spelled alot.)

6. were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.
We’re going to lunch.
Where is he?

7. then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.

8. cause/because
Smoking can cause cancer.
He left because he was angry at her.

9. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

10. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.

11. are/our
We are happy.
Our mother is happy.

12. where/wear
Where is he?
Did you wear your coat to school?


Term 1   Practice with flashcards:  https://quizlet.com/_1kmci4


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Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 2
October 30/November 2
accept/except
I accept the prize with pride.
They chose everyone except me.

break/brake
Let us take a break.
The brake on the bike was broken.
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November 9/10
definitely/defiantly
I definitely want the money.
She defiantly stomped out of the room.

desert/dessert
I was lost in the desert.
Yes, I want more dessert.
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November 19/20
(lie/lay)   Lie means to recline.  I'm doing it myself.   Lay means to put or place.  I'm doing it to something else. 
I will lie down on my bed.
I will lay the book on the desk.

I lie on my bed often.
I lay the book there every day.

I am lying on my bed.
I am laying the book on the desk.

Yesterday I lay on my bed.
Yesterday I laid the book on my desk.

I have lain in my bed every night.
I have laid the book on that desk every day.

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December 4/7
led/lead
Mr. Major led the band.
Please lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A pencil lead is made of graphite, not lead.

threw/through
She threw the ball.
It went through the hoop.
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December 14/15
write/right/rite
Please write neatly.
This is the right spelling.
A rite is a ceremony.

whose/who's
Whose sweater is that?
Who's missing today?
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January 7/8  with review test
board/bored
We wrote the sentences on the board.
I feel bored when I copy these sentences.

principle/principal
One founding principle of the United States is freedom of speech.
The leader of our school is Principal Schoonover.

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January 7/8   Review test on all words for Term 2. 


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Here is a list of some other commonly misspelled words:

Commonly Misspelled Words

For terms 3 and 4, we will check to see which words YOU need to learn from this list. 











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Last Year:
2014-2015 Spelling

Suggested Procedure for Studying Spelling Words




Test #1 on September 11/12 on 
its/it's
your/you’re
there/their/they’re
to/too/two

Test  #2 on  September 29/30 on 
a lot/allot/and NOT alot
were/we’re/where
then/than
cause/because

Test  #3 on  October 13/14 on
here/hear
barely/barley
are/our
where/wear

Test on all three sets on October 22/23



Carefully edit for these words.  If you miss any of them in your written work, you will lose five points for each error.  You may complete a make-up assignment to recover the points.
Commonly Confused Word Make-Up(4).doc


Don’t forget to edit!


1. its/it’s
The dog buried its bone.
Common Confusing Words
It’s alive!

2. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

3. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.

4. to/too/two
Let’s go to the library.
There are too many good books to choose from.
I always carry two pencils.

5. a lot/allot/ alot
I’m reading a lot of books.
The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
(There is no word spelled alot."

6. were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.
We’re going to lunch.
Where is he?


7. then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.

8. cause/because
Smoking can cause cancer.
He left because he was angry at her.

9. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

10. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.

11. are/our
We are happy.
Our mother is happy.

12. where/wear
Where is he?

Did you wear your coat to school?

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Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 2
accept/except
I accept the prize with pride.
They chose everyone except me.

break/brake
Let us take a break.
The brake on the bike was broken.
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definitely/defiantly
I definitely want the money.
She defiantly stomped out of the room.

desert/dessert
I was lost in the desert.
Yes, I want more dessert.
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(lie/lay)

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led/lead
Mr. Major led the band.
Please lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A pencil lead is made of graphite, not lead.

threw/through
She threw the ball.
It went through the hoop.
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write/right/rite
Please write neatly.
This is the right spelling.
A rite is a ceremony.

whose/who's
Whose sweater is that?
Who's missing today?
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board/bored
We wrote the sentences on the board.
I feel bored when I copy these sentences.

principle/principal
One founding principle of the United States is freedom of speech.
The leader of our school is Principal Schoonover.

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