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Looking for a way to get your students interested in spelling? Try a bingo game! I have done it for years…and my 5th graders love it. Here is how it works. First, print out the Spelling Word Bingo & Design handouts. You can edit the directions if you want to…I have included the WORD file. There are two printouts on each full sheet of paper…so just divide the number of students you have in half…and print! There needs to be at least 20 spelling words to work with…and you should be able to portray the words with a picture…so check the spelling words for the week before you decide to play the bingo game. Pass out the handouts and have one of your students read aloud the directions. The directions are as follows: Choose 16 different spelling words (from your list) to write in the banners below (challenge words can be used as well). Then, DURING the Spelling Bingo Game, draw a small, colored picture below each of the spelling words in the banners. You will be graded on 3 criteria: 1) All words must be spelled correctly 2) Drawings must accurately portray the word’s meaning 3) Effort.
Now…there are usually 4-5 challenge words with each spelling list. I let my students choose from a total of 25…but you could simply make it 20 words. I tell my students that they have 10 minutes to CHOOSE/WRITE their spelling words (in any order they choose) in the banners that are placed at the top of each of the 16 squares (please check the example I have posted). I tell the students…that all they have to do is copy down their spelling words…so technically there should not be any errors…but after I collect the designs…I usually notice that there are errors on some papers. I also tell the students that after they have written the spelling words down in pencil…they need to trace the words with a pen (this prevents cheating during the bingo game).
After I have checked to make sure that the students have written 16 words in the banners…I have a couple of student helpers pass out the bingo markers. I use small pieces of colored foam, which I have cut up in squares, as the bingo markers. I only have my student helpers pass out 10 markers to each student. I tell them that all they need to win…is four spaces in a row. That makes the games go by faster.
Then, I tell the students they may start drawing. As the game is played…students focus on the spelling words…and also the drawing of those words. I remind them that the effort put into the drawings will result in a grade.
After that, I am ready to randomly read the spelling words. I usually print out the words on a piece of paper…and cut them into strips (takes 5 minutes). I fold the words and put them into a basket or a cup. As I pull out a word…I say the word three times…I talk about the meaning…I ask if the students have any questions about the word. When a student calls out, “BINGO!” I check the words I have quickly…then I take the students paper away…and tell the student he/she has to spell the four words that gave him/her BINGO. If the student spells all four words correctly, he/she wins and we wipe our spelling bingo papers clean of the marker. If the student is unable to spell all four words correctly, we continue playing…or whoever called, “BINGO” after the first student…gets a chance to spell the words. I make sure to tell the students…to continue their drawings…during the time when a student is trying to spell his/her words correctly. I usually award an EXTRA CREDIT point to the students who call BINGO AND are able to spell the four spelling words aloud correctly.
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