Effective Spelling - Teaching Guide: Years 3/4

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Effective Spelling is underpinned by a holistic and inquiry-based learning approach to spelling.

Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 5 - 10 Business Days ISBN: 9780170438230 Brand/Publisher: Nelson Categories: EnglishSpelling

Part of the series Effective Spelling.

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Effective Spelling is underpinned by a holistic and inquiry-based learning approach to spelling. The whole-school series is designed to support teachers to foster a culture of word noticing, transforming students into curious thinkers and effective, competent spellers. Each component explicitly aligns with the Australian Curriculum: English and offers educators flexible learning pathways.

Key Features

Each Teaching Guide:

  • comprises ten Big Ideas chapters, each with a key spelling focus
  • presents inquiry-based sample learning sequences demonstrating a best-practice teaching routine, which can be adapted for many spelling concepts
  • includes activities to support students' understandings of key spelling concepts
  • incorporates the key spelling strategies: Sound, Visual, Meaning, Connecting and Checking
  • includes thrice yearly Spelling Big Ideas Inventory Assessments (Year 1 to 6), and pre and post assessments for each learning sequence
  • demonstrates how to incorporate rich literature into spelling instruction, and includes lists of recommended books that can be used to support student learning


  • Introduction
  • Spelling Scope and Sequence: Year 3 – Year 6
  • Big Idea 1: Letter Patterns
  • Big Idea 2: Homophones
  • Big Idea 3: Other Vowels (r-influenced)
  • Big Idea 4: Other Vowels
  • Big Idea 5: Plurals
  • Big Idea 6: Adding Suffixes (Person Who)
  • Big Idea 7: Adding Suffixes – Why Does the Base Word Change?
  • Big Idea 8: Morphological Word Families – Related Words Have Similar Spellings
  • Big Idea 9: Prefixes
  • Big Idea 10: Apostrophes
  • Assessments and Recording Sheets
  • Teacher Resource Sheets
  • Blackline Masters (BLMs)
  • Glossary
  • References
ISBN 9780170438230
Publisher Nelson
Product Type Teacher Resources,
Year Level Year 3, Year 4,
Author(s) Christine Topfer, Emma Warren, Bethany Woolnough

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