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Sight-Word Spelling Bee

(A Hands-On Technology Lesson)


Arts & Humanities
--Language Arts
Educational Technology



Brief Description

Kids will love this hands-on technology sight-word spelling bee.


Students will

  • use a keyboard/mouse to spell words presented by Sampson on the "Sight Words with Samson" Web site.


sight words, spelling, spelling bee

Materials Needed

  • a computer with projector and speaker attached (alternative: a computer lab)
  • Internet access

Lesson Plan

Kids will love this hands-on sight-word spelling bee.

For this activity, you will use the Sight Words with Samson Web site. Click the Start button on the main page; then click the Step 4: Quiz button.

  • If you teach first grade, you might start with Level 1/List 1.
  • If you teach second grade, you might start with Level 2/List 8.
  • If you teach third grade, you might start with Level 3/List 15.

Simply click on the Level, then the List number. The narrator will say a word aloud, use the word in a sentence, repeat the word, and then ask students to spell it.

Playing the Game
Arrange students into teams. Teams of four might be the ideal size for this activity. Try to mix/blend ability levels within your teams.

Appoint a scorekeeper to keep score for all teams.

Invite the first player on the first team to step up to the keyboard and mouse. Click the Hear Again button to hear the first word. Give the student 30 seconds to spell the word by 1) using the keyboard to type the word or 2) using the mouse to click on the letters on the screen. If the player spells the word correctly, his/her team earns a point.

Call the first player on the second team to the keyboard/mouse.

Continue playing in this way, rotating teams and players. The team with the most points at the end of the time period is the winning team.

Explore More
Sight Words with Sampson is a fun tool for students who can benefit from practice/reinforcement of sight-word vocabulary. You might share this tool with parents of those students, because this is a tool they can easily use at home with their child.

While you're at the site, be sure to explore all the additional fun resources you can use to create lessons to reinforce sight-word vocabulary. The Sight Words with Samson Resource Center has all the tools you need to create sight-word flash cards, sight-word BINGO games, and much, much more. Don't miss the Treasure Hunt Challenge, in which students choose one word of four that fits the context of a simple sentence. You might use the Treasure Hunt Challenge to create an in-class competition similar to the Sight-Word Spelling Bee.


The team with the most points at the end of the time period is the winning team.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity Tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications Tools

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