Fun With Spelling

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Having two reluctant spellers, finding new and interesting ways to practice spelling words has proven worth the effort. Click on the activities below to be taken to their description.

Activity Individual Student and Teacher Group
Balloon Bounce X X X
Computer to MP3 Player X    
Hangman   X X
Magazine Letters X   X
Magnetic Letters X X X
Roll of the Dice   X X
Run and Spell   X X
Sidewalk Chalk X   X
Spellarama (external link) X X X
Spelling Pictionary   X X
Spelling Charades   X X
Words in a Hat   X X
Yarn to Spell X X X


Balloon Bounce: (individual or group activity)

Medium to Large Balloon

Spelling List

Speller keeps one hand behind his back and tries to keep the balloon from touching the ground by tapping it with the other. The balloon may be tapped one time after a correct letter.  For example using the word 'cat', a correct turn would be: 'c' *tap* 'a' *tap* 't' *tap*. If the balloon touches the ground, or is tapped without saying the next letter the spellers turn is over.

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Computer to MP3 Player (individual activity)

Record spelling words on the computer (we use the simple Sound Recorder app that comes with Windows). The child should say the word, pause (to allow the child to spell the word on playback), say the word again, and give the correct spelling. Transfer the recording to an MP3 player or have the child listen to the recording on the computer.

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Hangman: (student and teacher, or group activity)

What's there to say? Play a regular game of hangman using spelling words.

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Magazine Letters: (student and teacher, or group activity)

old magazines

scissors

glue

paper

Child spells words by cutting letters from old magazines and gluing them on paper.

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Magnetic Letters: (individual or group activity)

Option 1: The child looks at a word on their spelling list, covers the word and spells the words using magnetic letters without looking at the paper. The child then checks spelling and continues on to next word.

Option 2: One person reads the spelling word, and the child(ren) spell the words using magnetic letters.

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Run and Spell: (student and teacher, or group activity)

Select a starting point for a running course and the route to be taken. Also select a waiting point several feet from the starting point. Add obstacles to the course, if desired. We use a short course that starts in the kitchen, runs into the family room, and back into the kitchen. For obstacles, we use boxes to jump over, tables to crawl under and or chairs to run around.

The first speller stands at the starting point and is given a word to spell. Other participants line-up behind the waiting point. If the speller spells the word correctly, they're told to "go," and they run the course ending at the back of the line at the waiting point. If the speller is incorrect, they're given the correct spelling, they repeat the correct spelling, and are told to "go."

Once a speller is told to "go," the next speller in line moves from the waiting point to the starting point and is given their word. Play continues in the same manner.

If a speller misspells a word, they are given the same word on their next turn. This is more easily done with smaller groups and may be eliminated with larger groups.

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Roll of the Dice: (student and teacher, or group activity)

die/dice

spelling list

 

This activity requires at least two people: one to have the spelling list and one to be the speller. The objective (besides having fun and learning to spell words) is to spell the most words correctly during one turn.

The speller rolls the die/dice. The list keeper counts down the number of words shown on the die/dice and asks the speller to spell that word. If the speller is correct, the list keeper checks that word off the list and awards the speller one point for the correctly spelled word. The list keeper then counts down the number shown on the die/dice again and asks the speller to spell that word. The speller's turn continues until he misspells a word or has spelled all the words correctly. The spellers number of words spelled correctly in that turn is recorded and the turn passes to the next child.

When counting down the list, the list keeper skips over words the speller has already spelled correctly to make sure all words on the list are eventually asked.

 

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Sidewalk Chalk: (individual or group activity)

Child looks at a word on their spelling list, covers the word, and spells their words using sidewalk chalk. After writing the word, the child checks their spelling against the spelling list. Encourage the children to be creative in decorating their words.

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Spelling Pictionary: (student and teacher, or group activity)

paper and pencils, or small chalk/white boards & chalk/markers

large sheets of paper and marker, or whiteboard and marker

spelling list

timer (optional)

 

The children take turns being the picture drawer. All other players are the guessers. The picture drawer chooses or is given a word to draw on a large piece of paper and/or white board. The guessers watch while the drawer illustrates the spelling word. When a guesser thinks s/he knows the spelling word, the guesser writes the correct spelling of the word on a sheet of paper/small chalk or white board. The first guesser to correctly guess and spell the word is awarded one point.

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Spelling Charades: (student and teacher, or group activity)

spelling list

timer (optional)

 

The children can take turns acting out the words. All other players are guessers. The actor starts the time and begins to act out the word. The actor isn't allowed to say any words or make any noises. When a guesser thinks s/he knows the word, the guesser writes the correct spelling of the word on a sheet of paper/small chalk or white board. The first guesser to correctly guess and spell the word is awarded one point.

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 Words in a Hat: (student and teacher, or group activity)

spelling words written on small pieces of paper

hat (or other vessel to hold slips of paper)

 

One person is the keeper of the hat. The other children take turns removing slips of paper from the hat and without looking at them, give them to the keeper of the hat who reads the word off the slip of paper for them to spell. Each correctly spelled word earns one point.

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 Yarn to Spell: (individual or group activity)

Cut 15-20 15cm/6" pieces of yarn for each speller. Knot both ends of the yarn pieces to prevent unraveling. The child looks at a word on their spelling list, covers the word and spells the word using yarn to form the letters to spell the word. After spelling the word, the child checks their spelling against the spelling list.

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