BEAR Spelling Sorts overview
BEAR Spelling Sorts provide students with opportunities to investigate and understand the patterns in words. Knowledge of these patterns means that students needn't learn to spell one word at a time. Many teachers teach spelling by giving students a list on Monday and a test on Friday with practice in between.This type of drill and practice has earned traditional spelling instruction a reputation for being boring. There is no big picture and no ultimate goal making it all the more tedious and with low retention. BEAR Spelling Sorts build word knowledge that can be applied to both reading and spelling. Because it is closely tied to reading instruction, it also develops students' abilities in phonics, word recognition, and vocabulary.