Make your spelling homework more engaging and manipulative with "Pick 4" activities. Select 7 activities (13 different activity templates to choose from) and then students can choose any 4 of those for weekly homework. Activities can also be used for literacy centers or classroom work.
Templates are mostly Word and Excel files so teachers can use any word lists they wish.
1."Double vision": use 2 colored pencils, pens, or markers. Holding them both, write each word to create 'double vision' like this:
2.Ladders: Write each word on a ladder. Start with the 1st letter on the first step, then write the 1st and 2nd letters on the second step; on the third step write the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd letters. Keep adding a letter as you climb each step until you have reached the step where you write the whole word.
3.Pyramid writing: Write the 1st letter of the word. Then below that write the 1st and 2nd letters of the word. Under that write the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd letters. Keep "building the pyramid" as you add a letter to each level. Once you have written the whole word, you have completed the pyramid.
4.Word sort: To do this, you will need to either cut out the word cards or write the words on paper as you sort. Look at each word and decide which "category" it goes into (you will be given 2-3 different categories each week.) On paper, label each category and either write or glue your words onto paper under the label the word belongs to.
5.ABC order: To do this, you will need to either cut out the word cards or write the words on paper as you sort. Put every word into ABC order by 1st letter and then 2nd or 3rd letter as needed. Write or glue the word cards onto paper.
6.Sound board: Use the "sound board" of beginning sounds and the word family for the week. Place the word family card behind each single consonant, blend, or digraph to see if you can make a new word. List all of the words you can make on paper. If you would like, you can make a list of the "nonsense" words too.
7.Crosswords: Use crossword board to make your own puzzle using as many of the spelling words for the week as you can. (Hint: Start with the challenge words.) Then make "clues" for each word marked indicating whether the word goes "down" or across".
8.Word search: Similar to the crossword, except you only fill in the words. (Hint: Start with the challenge words.) Once you put all of the week's words onto the board, fill in the empty spaces with extra letters.
9.Spelling Bee: Have an adult or older family member ask you to spell each word out loud.
10.Making words: Cut out the letters at the top of the paper and try to make as many words as you can using only those letters; you use each letter only once. Make 2, 3, 4...letter words. Use all letters to figure out the "mystery word".
11.Choose, build, write: Cut out the word blocks. Glue one word into the "choose" column. Next cut out letters and glue the letters to spell the same word in the "build" column. Finally, write the word in the "write" column. Do this for five words.
12.Concentration: Cut out the word cards; there are two cards for each word. Mix the cards up and place them face down on a flat surface. Turn over two cards at a time and try to make a match. If the cards do not match, turn them over and try again. Keep playing until you have matched all cards. (You may want to glue the cards onto thicker paper, such as construction paper, so you can't see through them!)
13.Spelling go fish: Cut out the word cards; there are two cards for each word. Mix the cards up and deal 5 out to you and a partner. Put the rest face down in the "pond". On your turn, ask if your partner has a word...by spelling it. For example, do you have b-l-a-c-k? If your partner does not, they tell you to "go fish" and you pick up a card from the pond. When you have or make a match, lay your match down. Play until all cards have been matched. (You may want to glue the cards onto thicker paper, such as construction paper, so you can't see through them!)