Tired of the same old spelling quiz? You know…the one that consists of simple dictation with NO imagination. If you’re tired of giving the same old quizzes, just think about how your students must feel taking them….week after week. It gets old and repetitive. So, why not mix things up a bit??
These Unique Spelling Quizzes correspond to StoryTown’s Grade 6 Phonics and Spelling lessons. However, even if you are not using the StoryTown Phonics/Spelling lessons, these are great words for a 6th-5th grader or homeschooler to learn nevertheless.
There are a total of 100 spelling words in these 5 lessons! Each lesson is designed to peak your students’ interest in spelling. Here is a list of the lessons included:
Spelling Quiz Lesson #26: Words with Prefix + Base Word + Suffix; Words with Root + Root
Spelling Quiz Lesson #27: Words with Silent Letters
Spelling Quiz Lesson #28: Related Words
Spelling Quiz Lesson #29: Words with Unusual Plurals
Spelling Quiz Lesson #30: REVIEW of Lessons 26-29
I use various styles in my quizzes. Here are some of the examples:
1. DICTATION: Yes…there is dictation. It is spelling after all. I choose around 6-10 of the most difficult words to spell. You can edit it if you would rather choose other words.
2. FILL IN THE BLANKS (choose from the box): There are usually 5-7 spelling words that are typed in the box. The students must understand the meaning of the words and choose the correct spelling word for each blank. Yes…I know what you are thinking…but this is spelling…and you are giving the words away. Yes, the spelling words are typed out, but I try to pick the spelling words that are easy to spell, yet difficult to define, which makes it a bit of a challenge. Sometimes the students do not copy the spelling words correctly even though they are looking at the box directly about the spaces. I don’t give them points if they misspell the words.
3. DRAWING: I find that most students love to draw…even in the 5th grade. Students will need to understand the meaning of the words in order to draw them. Some students take more time than necessary when drawing. I just tell them a simple, yet explicit drawing is needed to earn the point. There is no coloring necessary, but I tell them sometimes a color or two helps with the drawings.
4. MARK THE CORRECT BOX: Students will have to choose the spelling word that is spelled correctly. There are a total of four words to choose from. I misspell three other words or type words that are similar to the spelling word. Students will have to mark the box next to the correctly spelled spelling word.
5. DEFINITION: The students will have to define two words as accurately possible in this part of the quiz. If the definition is close, I usually give it to them. If the student is missing important information, I might give them half a point.
6. MULTIPLE CHOICE: Students need to fill in the blanks by choosing the correct word out of the four listed below. Sometimes I purposely misspell all the words and the students must choose “none” as the correct choice.
7. MATCHING: There are six spelling words on one side of the quiz with the definition (mixed up) on the other side of the quiz. Students need to match the spelling word to the correct definition by writing the corresponding number in each of the boxes.
8. FILL IN THE BLANKS (left over words): This part of the spelling quiz requires a bit more thought. Students must reflex on which of the spelling words have yet to be used in the quiz. There are usually 2 or 3 spelling words left over. Students must then take the left over spelling words and place them in the correct blanks.
9. CHALLENGE WORD: There are 5 challenge words listed in each lesson of StoryTown. The definition of one of those 5 challenge spelling words is given in the quiz. Students must understand the definition of the challenge word AND be able to spell the challenge word to get the extra point here.
10. EXTRA CREDIT: After students finish the quiz, it’s good to have them end on a positive note. I like to give them the chance to earn an easy extra point. I tell students to read the extra credit below then turn the paper over for the drawing. The drawing focuses on the stories from lessons 26-30. The students must find the way to USE ONE spelling word from each of the lessons in their drawing. I make sure to tell students not to start with the drawing. The extra credit comes AFTER students finish their quiz.
*There are TWO versions of the spelling quiz on each paper. So, what I usually do is make the necessary amount of copies. Then, I cut down the middle of the paper. I place one of the versions on top and the other on the bottom of the stack. This way I am able to pass out the variations without getting mixed up. Even though there are two versions of the quizzes, they are both at the same level; however the words are in different spaces. Letting students know that there are numerous forms of quizzes, discourages cheating. The quizzes are in PDF format. I have also included a list of the spelling words used for dictation with a sample sentence you could use. This list is good to print out if you don’t want to think up a sentence for the DICTATION part of the quiz on the spot. I have included a couple of examples of my student’s extra credit. I tell them to include the spelling word in the drawing OR they can use the letters to form the drawing in a creative way. *See Example #1
*If you would like me to post more Unique Spelling Quizzes (for any grade level), please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. :)
If you liked this product, please check out the other Unique Spelling Quizzes I have designed (the links are below).
Lessons #1-30 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #1-5 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #6-10 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #11-15 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #16-20 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #21-25 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 6 w/answers
Lessons #1-30 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #1-5 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #6-10 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #11-15 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #16-20 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #21-25 - Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers
Lessons #26-30- Unique Spelling Quizzes Grade 5 w/answers