Aim 2 Spell
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Try Aim 2 Spell
with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
- Foundational Skills
What? The goal of spelling and phonics instruction is for students to learn to spell words accurately and with automaticity, because this helps students decode and encode words fluently. Spelling instruction and practice are critical to building foundational literacy skills and helping achieve the end goal of comprehension.
Spelling follows a progression starting with basic spelling patterns, like CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, as well as words that do not follow phonetic patterns, like sight words. Throughout elementary school, students study increasingly complex phonetic patterns in order to achieve spelling mastery.
How to teach: Spelling practice doesn’t have to be boring! To make it fun, students can independently practice spelling using the interactive learning activity Aim 2 Spell. Teachers can assign this game during literacy centers or for spelling homework.
Students can compete with their classmates to see who is the fastest speller. The word is read to them along with a contextually-rich sentence to reinforce vocabulary. Students can have the word or the sentence repeated, if needed.
As students aim at the letters to spell the words, they will hear the word and sentence read aloud. Teachers can use this game to build some healthy competition in the class, with high scores based on accuracy and automaticity. Students can have differentiated spelling lists while competing with others so that the list fits their learning level, and is neither too easy nor too challenging.