One of the lessons I teach every single day is spelling. Although I don't call it spelling; I call it Word Work.
There are lots of different things we do involving our word wall, but whatever it is, I like to keep it as fun and engaging as I can.
Here's a small sampling from last year.
Rainbow Spelling (top left)
This is my version of rainbow spelling. I give the kids a blank piece of letter-size paper and we fold it into 8 sections. That alone is a worthy skill to practice. Ask any Grade 1 teacher! :)
Then I dictate phonics words we've been working on. In this case it was short vowels we were practicing. What made this fun? The felt pens of course! There's nothing earth-shaking here, but if you haven't tried this, you'd be surprised at how much the kids loved writing each word in a different colour.
Shaving Cream Spelling (top right)
This is an oldie but goodie and it's especially fun to do when the desks are grubby. I don't do this one too often 'cause it DOES take a little time for the clean up but it's always a huge hit!
Mix It Up (bottom left)
When we're doing simple dictations from the Word Wall, I like to mix up the materials as much as I can. Here we're using white boards. But sometimes we use notebooks, sometimes fancy spelling paper, sometimes mini chalkboards. I've also used ripped brown paper bags, post-it notes, large foam shapes, wrapping paper, paint, play-doh ... pretty much anything that's a little out of the ordinary!
Graffiti Spelling (bottom right)
This is always a huge hit. I spread a huge piece of paper onto some grouped desks (or a large table) and 6 to 8 kids practice spelling wall words they're having difficulties with. I leave it up to them to choose. The challenge is to make each word look colourful and funky.
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- Tic tac toe spelling. We use spelling words instead of x's and o'x to write in the squares.
- Word Wall Bingo which is always a huge hit!
What fun stuff do you like to do during Word Work (or Spelling)?