If you are like me, you find that traditional spelling test are long and your students only memorizing the words for that week. Then by the time the next list comes around, students don't remember the previous spelling skill covered. I am a terrible speller and found that traditional test and studying didn't help me become any better.
However, as a struggling speller myself, I feel that my alternative spelling test provides students a more realistic study of their spelling words. It also provides natural differentiation by allowing students who need support to use the words they have studied on the test and allowing your students who need a challenge a chance to experiment with words they have found matches the word family studied that week.
The front of the test looks very similar to a traditional test however, it is much shorter. At the bottom is a dictated sentence. I have my students write down a question I ask them and then they restate the question and answer. On the back is where I find the real magic happens. Students record in the tables words from their Wonders Spelling Test or words they know that fit that word family they found in real life. The bottom part allows students to recognize misspelled words which is a more realistic skill as students prepare to revise typed works.