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Detective Spellcheck Game


  • Arts & Humanities
  • Language Arts
  • Foreign Languages


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Students hunt for spelling errors in this game of spelling skill and quick reaction!


Students will

  • read a list of spelling words.
  • locate the word that is spelled incorrectly.


spelling, game, review, hunt

Materials Needed

markers and a white board, or chalk and a chalkboard.

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students play a game that rewards good spelling skills and quick reactions! This game can be adapted for use in foreign language classes.

Write the weeks spelling words, or any ten words, on a chalkboard or whiteboard. Go over the list of words with students.

Instruct students to put their heads on their desks. When all heads are down, erase one of the words and write it with a spelling error in it.

Announce "Go to work, detectives! At that announcement, students raise their heads. See how long it takes students to figure out which word is misspelled. Students can raise their hands as soon as they know which word has been changed, or you might have them write the word -- correctly spelled, of course -- on a piece of paper.


Play the game again. Have students write the incorrectly spelled word correctly on a sheet of paper. Students should spell 90 percent of the words correctly.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards


  • GRADES K - 12
  • Evaluation Strategies
    Applying Language Skills

LANGUAGE ARTS: Foreign Language

  • GRADES K - 12
  • Communication

See more spelling lesson ideas in the Education World articles, Spell It Out! and Vocabulary and Spelling: Do Your Students Say 'Boring'?

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