Most children have spelling homework that requires them to learn several words in time for a spelling test at the end of the week. Writing them several times is a good starting point, but for the student to really learn the word and be able to use it fluently, there must be an assortment of learning activities. Since students love games, practicing spelling words while playing a game can be engaging as well as enjoyable. The objective of these games is to practice, use and apply new spelling words.
All three games are similar. Each game board is divided into six spaces and each space contains different options. The player rolls the dice and then follows the directions given in the section of the game board that matches the number on the dice. The student draws a star by the spelling word if they can complete the task. They put an X if they are unable to do it. The game may be played by two players at a time or as a solo game. Individual rules are written on the individual game boards; so, if the game is sent home, the family will know how to play.
There are a variety of ways to play. If you want the students to have twelve options, two games may be copied front and back, or if you wish the students to play the same game twice, copy just one of the games back and front. Another option is to copy two different game boards, one on the front and a different one on the back. Have the students use one game to practice new spelling words and the second game to review words previously learned.
Materials needed, preparation, adaptations for the games as well as modifications are listed. For a visual sample of the game board, download the preview.
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