In this vignette, the year 5 teacher demonstrates how she develops students’ etymological spelling knowledge by exploring and building understanding about word origins, using words encountered in classroom reading and writing activities. She explains how developing this knowledge assists students to spell when writing and to determine meanings when reading.
The class develop graphic organisers based on root words. They research dictionary meanings for root words and use this knowledge to discover new words.
These graphic organisers are displayed in the room for the students to refer to when reading and writing.
The TeachingACEnglish project was developed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland in collaboration with Education Services Australia.
This vignette was filmed at Goondi State School, Queensland.
In the Australian Curriculum: English, the content descriptions about spelling knowledge, understanding and skills from Foundation to year 10 appear in the Language strand within the sub-strand of Expressing and developing ideas. They progress from an early focus on sound–letter knowledge, spelling rules and knowledge of irregular spelling; to applying spelling knowledge, such as etymological knowledge, to spell unusual and technical words.
Spelling knowledges include graphophonic, morphemic, visual and etymological knowledge. Development of knowledge and evidence of understanding and skills about spelling knowledge is cumulative across the curriculum, from Foundation, where students learn about using onset and rime to spell words, to the secondary years, where students use knowledge about word origins and nominalisation to spell words.
Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials.
Understand how to use banks of known words, as well as word origins, prefixes and suffixes, to learn and spell new words (ACELA1513)
Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Icon of book
Please note: this resource does not address all focus areas of these standards.
This publication is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.