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Spelling Activities

Updated May 2010

Each May, students compete in the National Spelling Bee. But, in most classrooms, spelling is a yearlong activity -- and Education World has all the resources you will need to spark student excitement about spelling. Click on the resources below to find spelling games that will help students spell up a s-t-o-r-m!

Step and Spell
This spelling "active-ity" reinforces students' awareness of the computer keyboard. (Grades K-4)

Spotlight on Spelling
Since most of your students will not be there on stage, this week we offer lesson plans to help you put them there next year! Included: Five new lesson plans plus links to many more.

  • Five Spelling Games
    Spice up weekly spelling-list study with these five fun spelling activities. (Grades K-8)
  • You Can Count on Spelling
    Use Scrabble tiles to calculate mathematical values for spelling words. (Grades K-12)
  • Spelling Detective
    Hunt down the spelling errors in high-interest current events text. (Grades 3-12)
  • Spelling BINGO
    Review spelling words by playing Spelling BINGO. (Grades K-12)
  • Create Your Own Homophone Work Sheets
    150+ homphone exercises! Customize your own activity sheet. (Grades K-12)

Spice Up Spelling
Are you looking for ways to spice up boring old spelling routines? Education World offers five activities to help you do just that!

  • Earn Spelling Points
    More than 20 activities for spicing up your weekly spelling lessons. (K-8)
  • Detective Spellcheck Game
    Invite students to hunt for spelling errors in this game of spelling skill and quick reaction. (K-8)
  • Spelling Takes a Hit
    Put the "active" back in spelling active-ities with this fun game. (K-5)
  • Speedy Spelling Bee
    Teams of students work together in this spelling bee with a twist. (K-12)
  • Soccer Spelling
    Students move closer to the soccer goal with each correctly spelled word. (K-5)

Spell It Out!
Spelling lessons and activities from Education World can help your students join in the fun of the annual National Spelling Bee. Included: Five lessons to help you incorporate spelling into your entire curriculum.

  • So You Want to be a Copy Editor?
    Students explore what a copy editor does and take a copyediting test. (Grade 6-8, 9-12)
  • Spelling Counts!
    Students create and solve codes based on the numerical value of their spelling list words. (Grade 3-5, 6-8)
  • You Must Remember This
    Students create mnemonics that help them remember spelling words. (Grade 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
  • Bueno Brothers' Bean Dip
    Students play a game in which they see how many words they can form from a scoop of lima bean letters. (Grade K-2, 3-5, 6-8)
  • Could Teddy Roosevelt Spell?
    Students stage debates about English spelling vs. simplified spelling. (Grade 6-8, 9-12)

Vocabulary and Spelling: Do Your Students Say 'Boring'?
The Internet offers many tools for young etymologists and an abundance of great ideas for teaching vocabulary and spelling. Dig for definitions and pry for pronunciations -- virtual vocabulary has no limits!

Shaving Cream Spelling
Catina Stewart, who teaches at Albertville (Alabama) Elementary School, submitted this lesson, which engages students in spelling practice by having them write their spelling words in shaving cream.

Cooperative Group Spelling Game
Jane York, who teaches at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun and active game that can be used to reinforce spelling or vocabulary words. (Grades 3-8)

Fraction Spelling
Spring Charles, who teaches at Albertville (Alabama) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students create fractions to represent the number of vowels and consonants in each spelling word.

Desktop Spelling
Tara Snider, who teaches at Albertville (Alabama) Elementary School, submitted this lesson in which students sit on the tops of their desks to play a spelling game.

Spelling Kickball
Debbie Martin, who teaches at Oak Grove School in Bartonville, Illinois, submitted this lesson, which uses a kickball format to review spelling words.

Spelling Lessons Caught on the Net
More than two dozen more lessons found on the Internet!

Making Spelling Every Teacher's Responsibility
Test results indicated that spelling was an area our students needed to make significant improvement in. As a faculty, we recognized that a renewed spelling focus in language arts would not be enough; spelling had to become a school-wide goal.

Word Wall "Active-ities" Build Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing Skills
A classroom word wall has many uses. A wide variety of activities and games can be used to reinforce vocabulary words on the wall -- and to build students' vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills. Included: Teachers share favorite word wall activities.

Spell, Shoot, and Score
Cynthia Mackel, who teaches at Rosemont Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this week's lesson in which students play a fun game to review their spelling word lists. (Grades K-5)

Spelling Relay
Caroline Lowther, who teaches at Captain James Cook Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), submitted this week's lesson, in which students participate in a spelling relay contest. (Grades K-12)