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Erasing Relay


  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts


  • PreK
  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

A fast-moving game provides practice in recognizing grade-appropriate vocabulary words.


Students will

  • recognize words from the class word wall or other vocabulary lists.


word wall, vocabulary, spelling

Materials Needed


  • lists of words from students' word walls or vocabulary/spelling lists

Lesson Plan

Before the Game
Arrange students into two teams. Write two columns of words that are approximately equal in difficulty on the chalkboard or whiteboard. Each column should list one word for each member of the team. All words should be drawn from the classroom word wall.

The Game
Position each team a few feet from the chalkboard or white board where you have written the word lists. At a signal, the first child on each team goes up to the board, points at the first word in the team's column of words, and reads aloud that word. If the student reads the word correctly, she or he is allowed to erase that word. The student then moves to the back of his or her team's line.

The first team to erase all the words on their list is the winning team.

Lesson Plan Source

Adapted from an idea on Marion Dunkerley's Word Wall Activities Web page; used with permission.

Submitted By

Marion Dunkerley; Marion also contributed to the Education World article, Teachers Say Word Walls Work!

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

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