Smart Strategies for Star Spellers: Spelling Review Practice Exercises
Read the following study guide for a concept review:
PRACTICE LAP 1
Mark whether each of the following words is spelled correctly or incorrectly.
PRACTICE LAP 2
Using the pronunciation guide as reference, spell the following words.
PRACTICE LAP 3
Use a dictionary to look up the definitions of the italicized words, then circle the word that best fits the sentence.
- Our school sold donated gifts in a charity (auction/action) to raise money for the new gym.
- Mikey didn't like to lie because it troubled his (conscious/conscience).
- Amanda (opposed/composed) and performed a beautiful song for the school's talent show.
- Mr. Jacoby was on a diet, so he (declined/inclined) to order dessert.
- In the American justice system, one is (presumed/resumed) innocent until proven guilty.
GAME TIME: SEARCH-A-WORD
The following sentences contain 28 misspelled words from the Chapter 1 word list. First, determine which words are spelled incorrectly, and write the correct versions in the blanks below the sentences. Then, find and circle these words in the puzzle. The words can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, backward, or forward. Happy hunting!
- The hotel conseirge deklined to comunicate her afection for her job.
- When I was in the hospital, I had a lot of greif every time the doctor stuck another needle into my vien.
- As our sliegh raced through the horible snowstorm, Victoria commposed a nemonic ode to the intemprat weather.
- I can't wait to recieve the baige basket I won at the awktion.
- The gym teacher persumed I was oposed to exercise because I wiegh more than I once did.
- The store owner took legal aktion against the theif who stole the peice of candy.
- I couldn't concieve of how to acheive the desired results, but my conshence told me to beleive that things would turn out all right.
- The freiht train resoomed its long trek.
- The answers to the fonics test were ovious to me.
CHAPTER 1 WORD LIST
ANSWERS TO PRACTICE
- incorrect. When the letters e and i combine to make a long a sound, the e almost always comes first. The correct spelling of this word is sleigh.
- correct. This word follows the rule "i before e, except after c."
- incorrect. This word also follows the "i before e, except after c" rule. Although this word has a c before the i and e, remember that the c must come immediately before the i and e in order for the rule to apply. The correct spelling of this word is achieve.
- correct. Once again, this word follows the "i before e, except after c" rule. There is no c in this word, so grief is the correct spelling.
- incorrect. In this word, the letters e and i combine to make a long a sound. The correct spelling of this word is freight.
- affection. The trickiest thing about this word is remembering what sound the ə symbol represents. Remember: ə is used to stand for the a sound in words like about and among.
- horrible. This one isn't too tricky … remember that Ô is the o sound in words like torn and corn.
- communicate. This one looks quite different from the actual spelling of the word, but it's not too hard to figure out if you read closely. Remember that c will always be represented by a k or an s in pronunciation guides.
- abandon. Again, the ə symbol is the key to understanding this word.
- obvious. The most difficult thing about this word is remembering that ē represents a long e sound. Long vowels are always marked by a horizontal line, which is known as a macron.
- auction. An auction is a sale in which goods or services are sold to the highest bidder, while action is the process of doing something.
- conscience. The conscience is an inner sense of right and wrong. Although it shares the same root as the word conscious, conscience is a noun, while conscious is an adjective; in this case, conscience is the correct word.
- composed. To oppose something is to be against it, while to compose something is to write or create it. Composed is the correct word in this case.
- declined. Someone on a diet would decline dessert, or refuse it.
- presumed. To resume means to continue. To presume means to assume. People in America are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty, so presumed is the correct word in this situation.
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