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Spelling Game
Posted by:MB5 #59001

I think this game is a great idea. Our school actually plays a version of this on field day. The class forms a circle around plastic discs that have the letters on them. Then each child takes a turn spelling a word by running to the letter, and stomping on it. (They're placed about 1 foot apart.) The rest of the class is not allowed to talk, but they can direct their classmate by gesturing.

What I was thinking for your game is that maybe you could play the game in small groups (6-8 kids). They can take turns, and if they get stuck, they can look to their team-mates for non-verbal help. This will promote teamwork (hopefully), and the other kids in the group will be paying attention to the spelling since they may need to assist their teammate. I think the shower curtain/keyboard idea is...

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Spelling game
Posted by:Sarah #76123

My kids love to play this spelling game. I made about 3x3 squares with letter of the alphabet on them. I divided the kids into groups and gave each group a set. They deal the alphabet letters to each child in the group so that they all have the same amount. Then I call out a spelling word and the kids must use the letters to spell it. The first team that gets it, raises their hands and I say first place, then second place, and so on. The rule is, though, that no child may touch someone elses alphabet cards. Each child is in charge of their own cards and must pay attention. This keeps every child involved!

We also play a game called Judge. We play this sometimes right before the test. I choose one child to be the Judge and they go outside the classroom. Then I pick...

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Spelling game
Posted by:Jen #14380

I always use an interactive game. I divide the class into two teams. Stand them in 2 lines. On the carpet I had already made a tic-tac-toe board out of masking tape. I give each team X's or O's. Then I begin to ask, verbally their words. If correct, they get to choose a square to stand in. They then hold up their X or O card, so the other team members know where to choose their next move. This game involves them, gets them moving, and holds their attention, all while reinforcing spelling words. It also helps them interact with each other.

To adapt this game when I was in a multi-age class, I didvided up the class, so that each team had an "even" amount of older and younger students. Then I just gave them words from their own lists, since each grade had its own words....

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Spelling Game
Posted by:Kimberly #14381

Hi! I used a game called "Spelling Detective" You write all of the spelling words on the board and you let the students study them for one minute. After one minute you tell them to put their heads down and you change a word, misspell it, or change the tense, whatever throws them off. You tell the students "Spelling detectives raise your heads and tell me what is wrong." You call on a student and they have to spell the word correctly to you. You change the word back and give the students as a whole a point. If they are wrong, YOU get the point. My group is very loud and can get out of control, so to cheer I tell them to do a silent thumbs up. If they get loud, I take one of their points. The students love this game because they are trying to...

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Spelling game ideas
Posted by:Keeli0307 #51917

I play a Spelling game each week. My favorite game (and one of the kids favorites) is called Spelling Mat. I have a huge spelling mat (it's a shower curtain with the alphabet). I have start and finish rectangles. Each letter of the alphabet has its own square. The kids sit around the mat and one by one they get up to spell a word. They stand on start, say the spelling word, say each letter as they step on it, then step on finish and say the word again. They love to help each other. If they misspell the word, they have to start over again. They love it because they are out of thier seats and jumping around in the classroom. It took me forever to make it, but it will last a long time. I've played it with fourth and first graders. My current second graders...

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Spelling
Posted by:Wanda #55152

We do many activities in my MR class of 2-3 graders. Monday they get their list of words and they have to make flashcards, write their words in their agendas, and in their spelling dictionary which is in the homework folder. This way I know that they have three sources to find their words in. Each morning they have to use two of the words in a sentence correctly. We also go over the words saying the word, spelling the word, clapping out the syllables, and spelling the word with our eyes closed. They also have to write the words two times on a homework sheet. On Tuesdays, we fill in outlined boxes with out words. They have learned the tall letters, short letters and the letters that fall down. They have to fit the word in the boxes. They may also have an unscrambling activity....

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Spelling
Posted by:Brooke #55508

I have thought of two ideas. The first one is rainbow spelling. We use manilla paper and place screens underneath and then the students use 5 crayons to make the words look like a rainbow. In other words they are writing each word 5 times and they don't even realize it. You really don't have to use the screens. The other idea is to have the students write each word on an index card. They will need to write each word on two index cards and when they are done they can play memory with a friend. They will only need to play with one of the friend's game. Each student will have his/her own memory game to take home to practice. I thought of two more ideas. You could write all of the letters of the spelling works on a piece of paper. ( about 2 inches per letter) and the...

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In Class Spelling Help
Posted by:Stephanie #30403

An in class activity to help with spelling is a game. Write all of the words on the board. Including some words from previous weeks is good to (if you think the kids can handle it). Let the kids study the words on the board for a couple of minutes, so they can realize what extra words are there and remind themselves of what the weeks words are. Then have the kids put their heads down and erase a word. Let them put their heads up and do one of the follwing options.
1. Have students raise their hands and pick a student to tell you the erased word and spell it to you (definitions could also be given if they are required to learn those as well). Let the person that was called on erase the next word and choose the next person.

2. Have students write the...

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spelling game
Posted by:Donna #34302

My kids love to play the game "SParkle". It's similar to the traditional spelling bee but goes quickly so students get to get back in the game.
All students stand up front and the teacher calls out a spelling word. The first student says only the first letter of the word, the second says the second letter of the word and so on until the word is spelled. After a student knows the word has been spelled correctly, she says "SParkle" and then the next player has to sit down. Then continue with a new word. If a student makes a letter mistake, they have to sit down. The last student remaining is the winner for that round and everybody stands up and we start again.

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Sparkle
Posted by:Emma #58932

Here is how I play SPARKLE in my room. The kids clear off the top of their desks and then they sit on top. Then I pick an order of who goes first, second, third, etc. Then, I choose a spelling word. The person going first says the first letter only. The second person says the second letter, etc. until the word is completed. After someone says the last letter, the person who is next to go must say SPARKLE. After they say SPARKLE, the person who is next is out and must sit down.

For example: The word is "dog." Player 1 says "d", Player 2 says "o", Player 3 says "g", Player 4 says "SPARKLE" and Player 5 sits down.

If a student says the wrong letter, they must sit down. If someone does not know when it is their turn, or if they don't remember...

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Spelling Ideas
Posted by:Laurie #56242

I am not sure what grade you are working with but here are a few activites for 3rd grade and up.

1) Sparkle - You give a spelling work and each student says one letter of the word until it is spelled. For example say the word is "hat." Person one says "h", person two says "a", person three days "t", person four says "hat", and person five says "sparkle". You then say the next word and the next group of children completes it. For older kids I put a twist on it so that they have to be quiet and listen. If a child gets the letter wrong they have to sit down. Then the next child has to say the correct letter right where they left off. Kids seem to love this game and can't get enough of it.

2) When I student taught I did spelling...

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SPARKLE for Spelling
Posted by:Mary #76122

This is a game I play with my students right before our spelling test. I gather the students around the perimeter of the carpet (or they can stand at their seats) and I pick one person to start. The first round, I give the words. Here is how it works. I say a spelling word, and the 1st person says the first letter, 2nd person says the second letter, 3rd person says the 3rd letter and so forth. If a student says the wrong letter, they are out and have to sit down. Here is the exciting part . . . once the last letter is given, the next person says "SPARKLE" and the person next to them gets out. Eventually the game ends in a face off with two students. I give little prizes for the winner. We usually play two rounds. For the second round, I have the winner of the...

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spelling games
Posted by:samdyH #66552

One game I play is Spelling Survivor. Everyone stands and I announce the word. The first speller says the first letter, second person the 2nd letter and so on. The person who says the last letter picks a popsicle stick out of the class can. That person is "voted off the island" and is out. Anyone who says an incorrect letter is out, too. they cannot pull their own stick. When you are down to 2 players, it works the same way, except this time, when they pull the stick it could be their own and they are voted off. The last player is the winner.
Another game I play is "quickspell" where students are in teams of maybe 4-5. Each team has a baggie of small cards with letters on them. I announce 2 or 3 spelling words and say go. When the team has both words spelled usuing their...

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Spelling games
Posted by:SWL #21018

Here is a game that we use to review and practice spelling words. My third grade class absolutely loves it!! Choose one child to be the spelling "Bee". As he buzzes around the room, all of the children chant this verse. "Spelling bee, Spelling bee, buzzing on your spelling spree; Ha Ha,Hee Hee; You can't sting ME!!!The current "Bee" stops and stands behind another student. The teacher recites one of the current spelling words. If the student correctly spells it , that child becomes the new spelling "Bee" and the old "Bee" sits down at the new "Bee's" desk.If not successful the whole class spells it in unison and the first child continues. To keep the whole class actively involved when one child is spelling a word, they can listen carefully and "thumbs up" if it's spelled correctly, and "thumbs Down" if it's not. Anyway, it's...

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spelling game - Barracuda
Posted by:Sarah #52708

My class (5th grade) likes this game. I did not invent it. It's like Hangman but more interactive.

On the board I draw a ladder with 5 rungs above the barracuda (or shark) in the water. On the top of the ladder, I draw a stick figure who is a member of the class. I choose a word either from a past spelling list (usually a challenge word) or a seasonal word and write out its spaces. The students guess letters- every time it's wrong, the stickperson moves one rung closer to the shark. They get 1 vowel guess. If someone thinks they can solve, they must first be approved by the "shark bait" person. They must correctly fill in the missing letters to save the person. If the classes solve several words in a row (so no one gets eaten), the shark gets hungrier and hungrier, so I put...

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Spelling Survivor
Posted by:Chicago Teacher #84915

I had the same problem last year, so I developed "spelling survivor". I had the kids line up and each would spell one letter in the given word. Whoever completed the spelling word drew a popsicle stick with a student name on it from a cup that I held. That student was "voted off the island". Then we would continue. Kids were also "voted off" if they said the incorrect letter on their turn (either because of misspelling or not paying attention). Last student left would be named "spelling survivor". I like this game for 2 reasons - 1= there is chance involved, so the smartest kids in the class don't always win; 2= even though it sounds like a sort of dumb game, the kids got really into it. the boys would cheer if a girl's name was chosen, and the opposite. it was sort of fun to watch. *Also, I varied...

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Spelling Activities
Posted by:Jessie #20217

Here are a few I use in my classroom:

1. Practice the words in Shaving Cream. I get a can of cheap shaving cream, squirt some on their desks, and they practice writing their words that way. Does make a mess, sort of, but I only have seven kids, so it works for us. If that wouldn't work, get a tray, fill it with sand, and set it at a center, and the kids can use their fingers to write their words in the sand.

2. We play "Heads UP, Spell UP", a version of the game, Heads UP, 7-Up. Since my class is so small, it does get a little hard, but what we do is this: Two students go up to the front of the room, and tell the rest to put their heads down and to stick their thumbs up. The two walk around pushing down 1 thumb each and them...

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Spelling game
Posted by:Jane #52707

I play a game with my students which I call, Race to Spell.

You need 2 teams (let students come up with their team name). A student from each team is called to the board. They stand facing the board with marker/chalk in hand, with hands down beside them. They must listen to the word and wait for me to say, ready, set, go. On GO, they write the word correctly and neatly on the board. The first one to finish turns around with their back to the board. If they have spelled correctly and YOU can read the word, they earn a point for their team. In case of a tie (where both spell correctly and turn at the same time), award both teams a point and give these same students another word. At the end of the game, if both teams have the same number of points,...

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spelling review
Posted by:Ri #78160

My third graders LOVED using individual dry erase boards. I would give them a word and they each would write it. I would call on someone who I saw had spelled it correctly to spell it aloud. Those who got it correct would cheer for themselves and give themselves a tally mark point on the bottom of the board. Those who got it incorrect would just quietly correct it and didn't have to feel embarrassed b/c nobody really knew. Then, we would all chant the spelling word together in some silly way - such as using high squeaky voices, etc. They thought it was great. It was fun for them and the students who didn't know the words quickly realized that they needed to study because, at the end of the game, they hadn't given themselves many tally marks!

Another one is a spelling relay. Students...

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Spelling Games
Posted by:JM #35180

Here are a couple of games we play.
Tic-tac-toe:
Draw the tic-tac-toe lines on the board.
Pick a boy or girl(we play boys vs. girls).
Have the child write the word in a box.
If they spell it wrong, get out of the box, or make their letters wrong, they have to erase it and pick the opposite sex to come up.
If they get it right, they pick the same sex to come up.
The first person to make a line wins the game.
There are no x's or o's. Just words filled in.
You can make a winning line from the other teams words.

Hot Seat:
Put 3 chairs in front of the chalkboard.
Pick 3 students to sit in them.
Write a word behind them on the board.
Don't let the 3 "hot...

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