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Spelling: A Suggested Teaching Plan K-6


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Years: 3-4, 5-6, K-2

24 Pages

Product Code: TEAC1733

Resource Type: Professional Readings

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Are you wondering where to start with a spelling plan? For yourself, or your school?

In this comprehensive article, Spelling: A Suggested Teaching Plan K-6, Diane Snowball invites you to consider the purpose, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of developing a school spelling scope and sequence.

Although the following sequence is in line with what is supposed to be taught/known through the primary and secondary years (as described in the Australian Curriculum and as assessed in NAPLAN), it is essential for your teaching plan to be guided by the spelling knowledge your students are showing in their writing.

Spelling: A Suggested Teaching Plan K-6 includes:

  • The link between writing and spelling
  • Using this guide for a spelling scope and sequence
  • Differentiation in teaching
  • Using this document
  • Kindergarten
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4-5
  • Year 6
  • One process for evaluating spelling in students’ writing


Want to count your Professional Reading towards professional learning hours? We know Di’s professional readings are actionable, so we’ve also included a Reflections and Actions prompt sheet.

  • Diane Snowball is a Victorian educator with teaching experience that has ranged from prep through university levels over the past 50 years. Her experience includes both teaching and administrative roles in secondary and primary schools, but the majority of her time has been devoted to the provision of professional learning for teachers and those involved in all levels of school leadership, with a focus on improving students’ literacy.

Diane is a past president of the Australian Literacy Educators Association and has presented at many conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Asia and the USA. She has written several books and articles about literacy teaching and has produced many videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs demonstrating the most effective teaching practices. In 1992 Diane was invited to provide professional learning for teachers and administrators at schools across New York City and in several other parts of the US, which she did for 16 years.
Diane’s main focus these days is on ways to provide the most effective professional development for Victorian educators so that all students have the best opportunities for achieving their potential and has been assisting the Western Metropolitan Region schools to meet this goal.
Diane was a presenter on ABC TV's 'Revolution School' in 2016, and she is a key advisor to schools/governments in literacy education. See her extensive range of literacy education information on the Victorian Department for Education and Training's website at:


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