Spelling Connections started with thorough, extensive research. Before we chose a single spelling word, we examined what the evidence says about how to teach spelling systematically and effectively. The result is a program that presents the right words at the right time with the right strategies, so that every student can achieve spelling success.
Carefully curated word lists are one of the pedagogical highlights that set Spelling Connections apart. Words are organized according to principles set forth by linguistic, cognitive, and developmental research and are introduced at developmentally appropriate times.
Spelling Connections teaches students common spelling patterns—the letter and sound combinations they need to know as they learn new words. As students learn how to recognize and anticipate syllable patterns, they can use them to “self-explain” how to apply these learned rules to words at their current grade level as well as to increasingly complex words.
Each Spelling Connections unit includes approximately 15 minutes of instruction per day supplemented with student-directed work that can be completed throughout the day. Teachers can choose to follow the 3- or 5-Day Plan according to individual preference and classroom constraints.
Download a sampler featuring an annotated lesson to see a week at a glance and a skills overview for a higher-level look at instruction across grades 1–6.
Print Teacher Edition texts feature a smaller footprint than previous editions and include a spiral binding for ease of use.
MyZBPortal.com supplies teachers with robust online support.
Every week begins with an opportunity for students to embark on a word study journey! Rather than give the whole class the same words to memorize for the week, Spelling Connections offers three levels of word lists (Emerging, On Level, Challenge).
Spelling Connections: A Word Study Approach is packed with rich opportunities to extend word study work across phonics (grades 1–3), vocabulary (4–6), reading, and writing.
The variety of print and online activities—and topics for study—speak to different types of learners and interests. Students come to realize that words have value, meaning, and relevance for them as budding communicators. It’s not just spelling for spelling’s sake!
The week ends with differentiated posttests followed by additional opportunities for students to show what they’ve learned.
Together the print and digital materials provide a holistic learning experience to engage students and support teachers!
Full-color print Student Edition worktexts feature integrated answer lines and scannable QR codes that link to Digital Tutor practice.
MyZBPortal.com provides a student-driven, online learning experience to reinforce concepts introduced in the print Student Edition.
Online spelling quests are motivating to-do lists that encourage students to return to the portal regularly and consist of instructional videos, activities, scored games, and more.
Student Spelling Quests & Resources