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Ace Spelling, Super Speller

Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!


Grade Level: 3-6

Materials: Printable Student Handout Script

Story Preview: Ace Spelling becomes a super speller overnight and discovers that this blessing also is a curse!

Roles: Narrator, Mom, Ace Spelling, Bus Driver, Mr. Spellman, Principal, Judge, Emmy

Additional Resources

FunBrain's Spell Check asks players to identify the incorrectly spelled word among four choices, and to spell the word correctly.

Setting: present day, home and school

Theme: There's more to life than winning.


  • adversary: opponent
  • astrophysics: a type of astronomy that deals with objects in space
  • bagel: a hard roll shaped like a donut
  • culmination: high point
  • distinction: special honor
  • genius: a person having exceptional intellect
  • marsupial: a type of mammal in which the female has a pouch, such as a kangaroo or opossum
  • navigate: to direct or steer
  • omelet: beaten eggs often cooked with other ingredients
  • victorious: having won a struggle or competition

Props: something, or someone, to make the sound of a horn beeping from a bus and a dictionary

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What unusual event marked the start of Ace's strange spelling condition?
  • When did Ace realize that he was only able to spell and not able to speak in his normal way?
  • What word brought an end to the spelling competition?
  • Why does Ace seem relieved when he is not able to spell the final word?
  • Why do you think Ace asks for pizza for supper instead of soup?

Follow-Up Activity:

Arrange students into small groups and have each group write a script that continues the spelling bee saga of Ace Spelling. Will Ace eat pizza and go on to spelling glory? Will his adversary Emmy (the enemy) claim the prize? Will the spelling spell return? Each group will need a dictionary, so students can include at least five new words and their definitions in the dialogue. Encourage each group to read its script to the entire class.

Article by Cara Bafile
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