Everyone stands in a circle. I let the special helper start first. I hold up one of six spelling words we've been practicing. Everyone has a quick look at it then I hide the word. The kids take turns spelling the word (one letter per child at a time). When the word has been correctly spelled, the next person says "sparkle" and the next person sits down.
Eg., Spelling word = when
Person A says "w". Person B says "h". Person C says "e". Person D says "n". Person E says "Sparkle" and Person F sits down.
The game continues in this fashion until there is one person left standing.
For the second round I don't show the words, I just say them.
The game moves VERY quickly. Anyone who says the wrong letter or doesn't say sparkle (because they're not sure if that's the end of the spelling .... or maybe they weren't paying attention) has to sit down.
The kids are super focussed and happily it's not always the best spellers who win.
We usually play at least 3 or 4 rounds.
Hope someone can use this game! Let me know what you think if you try it.
I almost forgot! I'm having a BIG give away sometime this weekend. An educational company contacted me and they want to give YOU a free spelling / reading computer program!!!