Spelling words

for Ms. Borash's 4th Grade Class

[After losing copies of the words on more than one occasion, I thought that on a web-page would be findable. I can't guarantee that I won't make a typo, so if a word looks misspelled, check the dictionary--and please let me know if I do make an error!--David Lenander, d-lena@tc.umn.edu]

Week 4

Sound: long /o/

Pattern: o, ow, o+e, oa.

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1. total
2. radio
3. tomorrow
4. ocean
5. growth
6. hollow
7. telephone
8. arrowhead
9. zero
10. explode
11. opinion
12. oath
13. occur


1. A new growth of mushrooms appeared in the forest.

2. Seth said, "Let's rock'n'roll!"


Week 5.

Sound: long /u/

Pattern: oo, u, ew, ue, ou, oe.

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1. loose
2. shoelace
3. blueberry
4. goulash
5. rooster
6. bruise
7. canoe
8. juice
9. Tuesday
10. numerous
11. threw
12. suitable
13. caboose

1. Confused by the eclipse of the sun, the rooster crowed again.

2. "My bruise is turning green and purple," announced Zoe.


Week 6.

REVIEW

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1. bruise
2. canoe
3. numerous
4. tomorrow
5. explode
6. opinion
7. weight
8. straight
9. eliminate
10. bicycle
11. height
12. typewriter
13. concrete
14. increase
15. scene
 

Week 7.

Skill: noun plurals that add -es

Pattern: y to i, f or fe to v

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1. leaves
2. enemies
3. ladies
4. halves
5. knives
6. benches
7. treaties
8. hobbies
9. shelves
10. speeches
11. scratches
12. thieves
13. guesses
 
1. "Oops!" said Emily. "I forgot to make the sandwiches for lunch."
2. "Here are the forks and spoons, but where are the knives?" asked Anne.
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Week 8
Sound: /or/
Pattern: or, oar, our
 
1. fourteen
2. enormous
3. orchard
4. resource
5. ordinary
6. uniform
7. portion
8. course
9. coarse
10. board
11. support
12. important
13. mourn
 
1. Thanks for your support; I really needed it.
2. "Did you decide on a course of action?" asked Dad.
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Week 9
Sound: /
Pattern:
 
1. surprise
2. certainly
3. determined
4. return
5. heard
6. fearless
7. appear
8. purpose
9. severe
10. sincerely
11. northern
12. service
13. perfect
 
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Week 18
REVIEW
 
1. unusual
2. vegetable
3. doubtful
4. mountain
5. moisture
6. destroy
7. puncture
8. gymnastics
9. treasure
10. departure
11. throughout
12. tongue
13. voyage
14. possible
15. exaggerate
 
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Week 19
Sound 1. /ar/ 2. /air/
Pattern: 1. ar 2. air, are
 
1. separate
2. apparent
3. cartoon
4. similar
5. argument
6. grammar
7. repair
8. guarantee
9. stationary
10. arctic
11. solitary
12. prepare
13.despair
 
1. Minnesota has an arctic climate in February.
 
2. "I doubt if this island has ever been charted," said Amelia.
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WEEK 20

Skill:

ADDING SUFFIXES TO WORDS THAT END IN

1 . VOWEL + Y, LIKE PAY, STRAY, PREY,.. add the suffix. For example: payed, strayed, preys

2. CONSONANT + Y, LIKE PLENTY, SHAGGY, EARLY,.. change the Y to an I, and add the suffix. For example: plentiful, shaggier, earlier...

**There is an exception. When adding -ing, don't change anything, just add the -ing. (flying, copying)

 

1. plentiful
2. tragedies
3. luxurious
4. apologize
5. preyed
6. stupefied
7. buried
8. cemeteries
9. studious
10. worrisome
11. complying
12. wearily
13. luckier

1. The amount of rainfall is worrisome.

2. Amy took her first flying lesson today.

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WEEK 21

SKILL: To spell compound words.

1. midday
2. bareback
3. underground
4. fingernail
5. watermelon
6. earthquake
7. eyesight
8. breakthrough
9. throughout
10. footnote
11. sideboard
12. everyday
13. firefighter

1. Ouch! Cut your fingernail; it is too sharp!

2. You're the new shortstop for the St. Paul Rockets, a new baseball team.

 

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WEEK 22

Skill:

To identify, chart, and spell words containing the prefixes un-, re-, and dis

Un- means not, or opposite of (unhelpful)

Re- means again, or back (reread)

Dis- means not or apart (disappear)

1. disappoint
2. bimonthly
3. reappear
4. unnatural
5. biannual
6. disloyal
7. unavoidable
8. dissatisfied
9. dissimilar
10. unnecessary
11. inconvenience
12. reelect
13. discourage

1. The ham was on the tin-topped table, but she did nor uncover it.

2. If you're inside you look out, if you're outside you look in, but what looks both ways?

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WEEK 23

Skill: Adding suffixes to consonant plus "e" words:

1. drop the e to a suffix that begins with a vowel

2. keep the e to a suffix that begins with a consonant

1. usable
2. barely
3. desirable
4. entirely
5. legislature
6. featureless
7. driving
8. handling
9. movement
10. reversible
11. imagination
12. imitated
13. fortunately

 

1. The store windows were silvery, gold, green, red and sparkling.

2. They were filled with toys and beautiful things.

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Week 24
REVIEW
 
1. unnecessary
2. apparent
3. solitary
4. apology
5. fortunately
6. weary
7. breakthrough
8. earthquake
9. fingernail
10. unavoidable
11. separate
12. entirely
13. studious
14. discourage
15. usable
 
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Week 25
Sound: 1. /n/ 2. /l/
Pattern: 1. 3n, on 2. le, al
 
1. canyon
2. incredible
3. engagement
4. factual
5. central
6. terrible
7. angle
8. burden
9. perpetual
10. energetic
11. physical
12. article
13. summon
 
1. Have you ever tried to summon help with a bugle?
2. A harvest moon cast shadows of a man walking upright, his dog bouncing after him.
 
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Week 26
Skill: /r/
Sound: er, ar, or
 
1. calendar
2 regular
3. popular
4. thorough
5. tremor
6. circular
7. scholar
8. meteor
9. educator
10. endeavor
11. maneuver
12. particular
13. professor
 
1. The principal's decision to shorten the day was a popular one.
2. On a regular school day, I get up at 7:00 A.M.
 
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Week 27
Skill: Adding prefixes: im, in, pre
 
1. impossible
2. independent
3. prefix
4. indirect
5. impatient
6. incorrect
7. informal
8. preview
9. precede
10. impressive
11. inactive
12. prehistoric
13. impersonal
 
1. Hot, still weather may precede a tornado.
2. Will the agency prearrange the spy's contract?
 
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Week 28
Skill: To spell two-syllable words in which a consonant separates two vowels -- the first vowel has a long sound, the second vowel a short sound.
 
1. orange
2 regard
3. minor
4. vapor
5. rival
6. deduct
7. silent
8. result
9. climate
10. notice
11. recent
12. moment
13. mobile
 
1. Here is the most recent development in the news.
2. In the dark night, a mysterious vapor was rising off the lake.
 
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Week 29
Skill: To spell two syllable words in which a consonant separates two vowels -- the first consonant has a short sound, the second has a short sound.
 
1. level
2. figure
3. minute
4. balance
5. senate
6. adopt
7. atom
8. select
9. travel
10. profit
11. lizard
12. legend
13. romance
 
1. An atom can't be seen under any microscope.
2. Hank made a solemn promise not to tell about the giant lizard.
 
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Week 30
REVIEW
 
1. summon
2. physical
3. factual
4. particular
5. maneuvor
6. endeavor
7. impossible
8. impatient
9. precede
10. minute
11. regard
12. moment
13. result
14. balance
15. legend
 
 
 
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Week 31
Homophones -- (Example: lone/loan)
Homographs -- (Example: present/present)
 
1. record
2. subject
3. present
4. principle
5. allowed
6. waist
7. dual
8. content
9. strait
10. principal
11. project
12. census
13. whether
 
1. The tanker became grounded in the shallow strait.
2. I'll give you a loan, but just for a dollar.
 
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