Spelling game offers fun review the day before the weekly test.
spelling, language arts, basketball, high frequency words, vocabulary, sight words, game
The LessonBefore the Lesson
Students who spell a word correctly get an opportunity to score a bonus point for their team: They stand at the shooting line drawn or taped on the floor and shoot the basketball two times at the hoop. They score an additional point/tally mark for each basket they make.
Repeat this activity until all team members have had a chance to spell a word. Have one student from each team count and record the final number of tally marks so you can determine the winning team.
Adapt the Game
At the end of the game, you might give students who misspelled a word during the game one final opportunity to correctly spell the word they missed. If they spell the word correctly, they earn a point for their team. They do not, however, earn an opportunity to shoot the basketball for extra points.
You might play this game the day before each week's spelling test. That will provide students with one final opportunity to see and hear the word spelled correctly.
AssessmentThe game ends any time after each student has had one opportunity to spell a word. Have one student from each team count and record the final number of tally marks so you can determine the winning team.
Cynthia Mackel, Rosemont Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland
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