The students practice their spelling words for the story “Half-Chicken” by Alma Flor Ada while he or she has fun swinging at paper or soft baseballs to see how many words they can spell correctly and home runs they can hit!
This activity can be used for any spelling or vocabulary list for any subject.
It can also be used in different ways. For instance, use Wii Sports Baseball instead of a regular bat and ball.
Included is a Spelling Homerun Derby scorecard students turn in for class credit and to track evidence of student learning:
Spelling Homeruns (words spelled correctly)
Outs (words misspelled)*
*This makes a great study guide
2.L.1.2 (LACC & LAFS) ~ Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Target Learning Goal/Objectives
The student or child can:
Include needed capital letters when spelling words out loud
Include needed apostrophes to form contractions and possessives
Correctly spell words orally
Consult reference materials when necessary
Spelling word list (*Blank template included for lists other than “Half-Chicken”, which is provided).
Plastic baseball bat or something to hit the paper or soft baseball (e.g. cardboard tube. I’ve even used a swimming pool noodle).
Balled up recycled paper baseball or another type of softball (*if your child or student wants to really practice their batting skills, go outside and use a wiffle ball or actual baseball and bat)
Spelling/Home Run/Outs Scorecard (included)
Evidence of Student Learning/Verification
Level 1 = 0-4* words spelled correctly
Level 2 = 5-8* home runs
Level 3 = 9-11* home runs
Level 4 = 12* home runs (*100% of the words on the list spelled correctly)
*These levels are based on a 12-word spelling list. If yours differs adjust accordingly.