1. Experimenting with words for learning and practicing a spelling pattern (brainstorm a list of ways you can do this)
I start my literacy instruction by using a program on the computer called Balanced Literacy by Intellitools. It has a little song for each letter and for each word family. The kids love it. They're the type of songs that you end up singing in your sleep. At the beginning of the school year, I try and quickly test their letter knowledge everyday. Here is the link to my assessment pack (it's free).
2. Memorize high frequency words (How often do you introduce new words? Do your students have their own lists of words that they can work on? How will you keep track of words that they already know?
This is the book that I use to introduce sight words. Each week we do one list of words. At the beginning of the year it might take longer than one week for each list but as the year goes on, it often only them a day or two to pick them up. I also send home the weekly words on a ring for the children to practice at home.
3. Generalize spelling patterns (brainstorm a list of ways you can do this).
For this I use my Balanced Literacy program above. Once we get to a specific word family I compliment it by doing many hands-on activities.
Once I start introducing sight words I like to assess the children as often as I can (hopefullly everyday). Here are the forms that I use. You can grab them free by clicking on the picture.