been a great activity for those students have a difficult time learning their
1. Choose a spelling word. With their
index finder, students spell the word in the air and say the letters aloud. Tell
students they must be able to "see" the letters as they are written in
2. When the students get to the last
letter, they underline the whole word as they say the word aloud. Ask them if
they can "see" the word in the air.
3. After their response, ask these
type of questions:
--What is the third letter?
--What is the last letter?
--What is the second letter?
4. Then, have the students spell the
word backwards orally (and with their index finger if they need to).
Remind students that the word should be floating in the air in front of them and
that they must continue to look at it throughout the activity.
5. When you are done with the word,
continue on to the other spelling words. Do this activity daily and have the
students practice it at home.
Contributed by Ms. Stamp!
Spelling Task Cards (72 cards)
My Spelling Ring Cover
Spelling Ideas in Alphabetical
For the spelling task cards, I
print them on card stock paper and then place them in small ziplock
bags. The students use these in the Word Work/Spelling Center and
also for homework.
the class into two teams.
2. On the
board, write Team 1 and Team 2 (or the names of the teams).
person from each team goes to the board with chalk in hand.
teacher reads a spelling word. The two students must write that word on the
5. The first
person to finish spelling the word first gets a point for their team.
6. The team
with the most points wins.
As part of
their daily assignment, students are given a number of words that are
scrambled. Without looking at their spelling list, the students are asked
to unscramble the words within a time-limit and hand it into a basket. Those
that correctly unscramble all the words receive stickers in their spelling
Searches or Crossword Puzzles
software or Puzzlemaker from Discovery.com, create word searches and puzzles
from the weekly spelling list. This is a fun way for your students to
practice their spelling. You can download a free version of Word Search Factory
or go to these other websites:
Find Puzzle Builder
Your Own Word Searches
spelling words are taught through a common sound, such as short a, long e, etc.
Since these words already rhyme, it is easy to create poems using their weekly
students read through the list and ask them what is the sound(s) that is
students brainstorm more words that rhyme with the sound being taught.
3. Create a
poem using the spelling words and the list of words from the brainstorm.
Illustrate the poem and publish it.
poems are created together as a class for the first few months.
Afterwards, if the students are ready, they can then create their own poems.
Students keep their poems to create poetry books. Or, create a class poetry book
in which the students can copy their favorite poems onto larger sheets of paper.
Friday, the class creates a weekly spelling story with an illustration.
This can be done as a class, in groups, with a partner, or individually.
Stories are posted on a bulletin board.
beginning of the year, the teacher should create the stories, with the help of
the students, in order to model paragraph formation, story writing, punctuation,
Last but not least is the Spelling
Bee, which can be done as a review before a test, or for fun afterwards. Words
from the previous weeks are also incorporated into the Spelling Bee. The
winner(s) get a pencil and a sticker!
1. Put letters in a
basket or bag.
2. One student reads
a spelling word.
3. The second student
uses the letters to spell the word.
4. After the students
finish the list, they switch roles and the first student does the spelling while
the second does the reading.
1. Write each spelling word on index
2. Cut the cards so that the letters
3. Place the pieces into an envelope
(one envelope per word).
4. Pass out the envelopes to the
students. When you say go, students take out the pieces and put the letters
together to create a spelling word.
5. When the teacher yells stop, the
students put their hands at their sides. Teacher checks the cards to see if the
word is spelled correctly.
6. Students then put all the pieces
back into the envelope and pass it to another student.
1. Give each student, pairs, or
groups, a page from the newspaper.
2. Their job is to look for spelling
words in the articles and circle them with marker or crayon.
3. Students make a list of the words
class into two teams, Team X and Team O
2. Draw a
large tic-tac-toe grid on the board but within reach of the students' arms.
3. Call on
student from one team. Have them spell a word (just like a Spelling Bee).
4. If the
student spells the word correctly, they get to put an X or O (depending on the
team their on) on the grid.
5. If the
student spells the word incorrectly, then they lose their chance.
6. A player
from the second team takes a turn. Repeat #4 and #5.
7. The team
that gets tic-tac-toe wins!
spelling word aloud and have the students write it down. Using the last
letter in that word, students must write another word beginning with that last
letter. They continue the train using the last letter of the word.
You can put a certain limit on how many words they can create.
Another great activity that the teachers in my school are using is the
Making Words activities:
Making Words is an active, hands-on, manipulative
activity in which children learn how to look for patterns in words and
how changing just one letter changes the whole word. The children
are given six to eight letters which will form a final "secret" word.
The lesson begins with small words, builds to longer words, and finally
ends with the "secret" word that can be made with all the letters. Then,
students sort the words according to a variety of patterns, such as
beginning sounds, endings, and rhymes. They transfer the patterns by
using the words sorted to read and spell words with similar patterns.
(Patricia M. Cunningham, Dorthy P. Hall, and Cheryl M.
Sigmon; The Teacher's Guide to the Four Blocks; Carson-Dellosa
Publishing Co.; page 142)