Teaching spelling: foundation to level 2


Blabey, A. (2014). Pig the Pug. Scholastic Press, Linfield NSW.


This series of lessons increase in complexity as the sequence progresses. They are informed by the text, Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey. It is a rhyming story about what happens when Pig the pug refuses to share his toys with Trevor the sausage dog. It is a humorous Australian picture book with vivid illustrations.

It is assumed that students are familiar with this text and that teachers have read the text to students solely for pleasure before the teacher revisits the text for teaching about spelling as outlined in the possible lesson outlines below.


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Mackenzie, N. (2015). ‘Interactive writing: a powerful teaching strategy’ in Practical Literacy, 20(3), 36-38.

Westwood, P. (2014). Teaching spelling: exploring commonsense strategies and best practices. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis.

Oakley, G. & Fellowes, J. (2016). A closer look a spelling in the primary classroom. Newtown NSW.: PETAA.