Spelling Workout


Spelling Workout has all the components needed to lead students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. Spelling is taught from a phonics perspective, gradually shifting emphasis to vocabulary and word origins at the upper levels. The program also uses reading passages and writing activities to give students valuable practice with their spelling words. Riddles and puzzles make the lessons fun and enjoyable and help motivate student success.

Spelling Workout is a research-based K-8 learning solution that takes a phonetic and structural approach to spelling instruction. This approach supports the strong relationship between reading, writing, and spelling. The Spelling Workout program is developmental and systematically advances students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. Cross-curriculuar reading passages, high-interest writing activities, and skill-based games will enhance students’ literacy skills and develop a deeper understanding of the English language.

Practice-Based Student Workbooks
The Spelling Workout Student Workbook at each grade level provides thirty-six lessons with ample room for spelling practice, reading, writing, and proofreading exercises. Lesson emphasis is on spelling strategies, developing vocabulary, practicing correct word usage, and understanding word derivations. Activities such as crosswords, riddles, and word search puzzles engage students in learning.

Developmental Spelling Word Lists

Each lesson in Spelling Workout focuses on a list of twenty words that relate to an organizing spelling principle, pattern, or origin. A list of bonus words are provided from across the resource.

Word lists include:

  • Frequently misspelled words
  • Application to students’ academic experiences
  • Introduction to new or unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Visual structural similarity (consonant and vowel patterns)
  • Relationship groupings (prefixes, roots, subject areas, etc.)

Flexible, Research-Based Instructional Plan

The Spelling Workout Teacher’s Edition is designed with flexibility in mind, and includes both a 5-day and 3-day plan. Teaching strategies are also provided to reinforce spelling skills with other resource areas throughout the day. Spelling Workout uses a traditional test-study-test method of teaching spelling. The student first takes a pretest of words that have not yet been introduced. Under the direction of the teacher, the student then corrects the test, rewriting correctly any word that has been missed. This approach provides opportunities for students to analyze spelling mistakes and discover spelling patterns.

The Teacher’s Edition includes:

  • Pre-test dictation sentences
  • Spelling strategies and start-up activities
  • Concise teaching notes for each lesson
  • Spelling and writing suggestions
  • Activities and dictation sentences for bonus words