I'm old school and still teach spelling, and I also expect the fifth graders to know how to use their spelling words in sentences. I know that children will say, and with certainty, that they know how to use the word. I can say, with certainty, that many times they are unable to correctly use the word. Here are some examples of my fifth graders' sentences. I will leave them untouched , without embellishments or embroidery of any sort except to highlight the spelling word. Just verbatim sentences:
"The man had to betray his boss and not kill the cow."
"The man died when his radiation exploted."
"The president did'nt know what he was doing in the deficit."
"The fatter you get the more you are at risk of becomeing obese."
"I found my perspective in my room."
"Albert Einstein was so busy he didn't have time to comb his hair."
"Santa Clause isn't real because if he could go fast enough to go around the world in one night his body would be crushed by the sleigh and he would be turned into a quivering blob of pink goo."