Spelling Games and Activities
Are you tired of having your students practice their spelling words the same way each week? Here are games and activities that will truly "spice" up spelling practice in your classroom.
This is a growing pack, which means I will add a new spelling activity weekly throughout the school year. This pack will have over 30 games and activities to help your students practice their spelling words.
There are 16 activities included so far. These include:
-Rainbow Writing-Print a few of these pages off on cardstock. The students will roll the die, use the first word on the list that isn’t crossed off, and write the word in the color corresponding to the number that they rolled. This can be done on a separate sheet of paper or in a notebook.
-Emoji Spelling-Students will write their spelling words in the first column, then use the key at the top to write the word using the emojis.
-What’s the Word Worth-Students will begin by writing their spelling words in the first column (Write It). Then, using the columns on the left side of the page, write an equation in the “Solve It” column, showing what each word is worth.
-Spelling Battleship-Students will begin by writing their words in the boxes on the page, one letter per box. Then, each student should put up some type of barrier around him/her to prevent the other player from seeing where the words are written. Players take turns saying a letter and a number, trying to sink three of the other player’s words. (I had my students try to sink all the words at first, and it took FOREVER! So, I would highly suggest only having them try to sink a few of each other’s words.)
-Secret Spelling-Students begin by using a white crayon to write all of the spelling words. Then using either a marker or paint, the student colors or paints over it to reveal the words.
-Seven up Spelling Sentences-Students use each of the spelling words in a “seven up” sentence. This means the sentence must have seven words or more in their sentences. The students will then underline each spelling word in a different color.
-Roll, Read, Cover, & Spell-This page is editable, so you can type the spelling words you want your students practicing in the spaces. You could also have your students do this on their own, but you would need to ensure that the words were spelled correctly. Students begin by rolling a die, reading a word that isn’t crossed off in the category of the number rolled, closing their eyes, then spelling the word out loud. This should be done with a friend, so the friend can make sure the student has spelled the word correctly. If the word has been spelled correctly, the student may cross the word off. If the student does not spell the word correctly, he or she may not cross the word off and must roll again. The student will continue rolling the die, reading the word that isn’t crossed off in the category, and spelling the word out loud. This should continue until the student has completed at least one of the categories.
-Scrambled Spelling-Using the spelling list, the students will write the spelling words scrambled up under the “scrambled” category. Make sure your students cross each letter off as it is used, to ensure they are spelling the words correctly. Once the student has scrambled each of the spelling words, he or she should trade papers with a friend and unscramble the words in the “unscramble” boxes.
-Spiced Up Spelling-This is a game for multiple players. Each student will need a spelling list. All students will place their game pieces on start. The first student will roll a die and move his/her game piece that many spaces. The student should read the words in the box and do the activity with one or more of the spelling words from the list. If the student can do this, spelling the word(s) correctly, he or she may stay on that space, if not, he or she must go back to the previous space. After a word or words from the spelling list have been used, it/they should be crossed off. The word or words should not be used again by that student until all the words on the list have been used. The first player to cross the finish line is the winner.
-Shape Up with Spelling- This activity is done with two players. Each player needs their own board. The first player begins by choosing a word on the spelling list, then rolling a die. He or she should find the category with that number. The player must do the first exercise that is not crossed off in that category, while spelling a spelling word. If the player can spell the word correctly, he or she may cross the exercise off the board and the spelling word off the list. This continues until one player completes one whole category of exercises on the board. (Spelling words should be used once, until all the words are crossed off, then they may be used again. )
-Secret Code Spelling Holiday Edition-This can be used in groups of two to four students. Each group will need a “Secret Code Spelling” Page. Each student will need the “Secret Code Spelling” recording page. The students begin by writing the spelling words in the column on the left. Then, using the “Secret Code Spelling” page, the students will write the spelling words using the symbols to write the words in a secret code. I told my students that some of the symbols have a lot of detail, so to quickly draw the symbol, doing the best they can.
Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe- This game is played with two players. The players will need one Tic-Tac-Toe board. (This should be put in a sheet protector or laminated). Each player will begin by choosing a word off the spelling list. Each player must choose a different word for each round. This word will be used as the game marker instead of X's or O's. Players take turns writing their word in the space on the board until one player has three of their word in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. This continues until each player has used every word on the list.
Stomp it out Spelling-This activity is done with two or more players. A player begins by stomping on the letters from this activity while spelling the spelling word aloud. The other player is checking this student's accuracy. If the student spells the word correctly, he or she may cross it of their list. If the student does not spell the word correctly, he or she must spell the word again on a new turn. Players continue until one player has spelled all the spelling words on their list correctly.
Create Your Own Color by Code-Students will use their spelling words to create their own Color by Code using their spelling words. Then, they will trade it with a partner and solve each other's Color by Codes.
Spot the Symbol Spelling-Each student will need a spelling list to do this activity. Print the “Spot the Symbol Spelling” cards, cut them up, and laminate them. Put these cards around the room. Also, print enough of the “Spot the Symbol Spelling” student pages for each of your students. The students will each begin by writing his/her spelling words in the “Write” column. Then he or she will move around the room finding the symbol that corresponds to each letter in the word. This student will write the symbols in the “Symbol” column until all the letters have a symbol. This will be done for each of the words on the list. Once the student has completed this, he or she will fold the paper so the “Write” column is covered and exchange papers with another student. This student will figure out what the spelling words are using the symbols and letters around the room.
-Speed Spelling-Race to see which student can spell the word before the other correctly.
Spooky Spelling-Roll, Read, & Write
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