For spelling this year, we are using a word study program. This program teaches spelling patterns, but it also requires students to learn to spell high frequency words.
Here is a parent information sheet that explains the program in detail.
Each week, students will complete three “Tic-Tac-Toe” homework assignments from the page in their binders. They will take a practice spelling test for homework on Thursdays, and they will take the spelling test on Fridays. The spelling test will cover the ten assigned pattern words, five new pattern words, and the five high frequency words. Students will have to write a sentence with each assigned high frequency word. You can see an example on the information sheet in this post.