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How to Teach Commonly Misspelled Words in Stages 3, 4, 5 & 6.

What teaching method is recommended for teaching Commonly Misspelled Words from Stage 3 onward?

All words, regular and irregular should be taught mapping speech sounds to print.

Kilpatrick (2015) describes orthographic mapping as:
the mental process we use to permanently store words for immediate, effortless retrieval. It is the process we use to take an unfamiliar printed word and turn it into an immediately recognisable word.

Most commonly misspelled words are also high frequency words.
Instructions on how to teach High Frequency Words can be found at the end of Stage 1, 2 and 3 in the Phonic and Sight Word Sequence (shown below).

End of Stage 3 Irregular / High Frequency Words Instruction.

Further Reading:
Top Tips to Remove the Confusion Around Sight Words
PLD's Approach to High Frequency Words

Updated on: 15/11/2023

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