Mondays students will get a list of spelling and vocabulary words. The list includes prefix/root words, a spelling word using that root, and the definition of the spelling word.  The list is quite robust, and requires students to spend time during the week studying.   The list also includes what we consider "no excuse" words-- words they should know how to spell in 6th grade.   They will be tested on these words and definitions on Friday.   If a student is gone of a Friday test, s/he must make arrangements with  me to take the test at another time.   Generally, the student can make up the test before or after school, for during recess.