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Roots & Rules: Vocabulary and Spelling Essentials Self-Paced

Jess Coulter, M.A.T. (Orton-Gillingham, Dyslexia)
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In this self-paced class, readers will practice reading, spelling, and making meaning with common prefixes and suffixes through games, activities, and fun!

Class experience

US Grade 2 - 3
10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Prefixes and Suffixes
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Suffix -s, -es (Introduction to change y-->i rule)
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Suffix -ing (introduction to drop e and double rules)
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Suffix -ed and review of all suffix spelling rules
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Prefix un-, dis-
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Prefix in- (assimilated prefix)
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Suffix -er
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Suffix -est
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Suffixes -ful, -less
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Prefixes re-, mis-
  • Students will improve their understanding of prefixes, suffixes, base words, and associated spelling words. This will help them to understand new words, spell correctly, and become word detectives.
I am a certified elementary teacher with years of experience in schools. I have also taught ESL for 3 years on-line, and hold an MA in Teaching from Dominican University. I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach through IMSE (30-hour) and the Reed Charitable Foundation Classroom Educator (30-hour course).
Homework Offered
A worksheet to practice each skill will be included with each lesson.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assignments are offered with each topic and provide a quick understanding check for learners. Mastering affixes and associated spelling changes takes time, so knowledge will continue to improve throughout class. Feedback will be given on all assignments posted in the classroom.
Grades Offered
This class uses strategies aligned with the Science of Reading, which support all learners (including dyslexic learners) in attaining the skills necessary to read.
Learners will practice spelling rules--it is helpful to have paper and pencil or white board and marker available. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The site "genial.ly" will be used to host games and resources that are interactive for game portions of the class. To access genial.ly, learners do not need to have a log-in or password, and are not able to navigate away from the link provided.
Joined July, 2020
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Hello Outschool families! Young learners are full of so much curiosity, insight, and natural love of learning! But school can sometimes stifle this love of learning, and small frustrations can become bigger. I love finding fun and innovative ways... 
Self-Paced Class


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10 pre-recorded lessons
10 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 8-12

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