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
When students are given the opportunity to retrieve the correct spelling of words mentally, they are better able to transfer this knowledge to long-term memory. When students learn new words on Monday, get assessed on Friday, and don’t see the words again as part of instruction, the spelling of those words will often be forgotten. Teachers need to be strategic in creating spelling lists that follow patterns and generalizations important for students to practice and learn.
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: To make spelling instruction fun, students can independently practice spelling using interactive learning activity SpeedySpeller. Teachers can assign this game during literacy centers or for spelling homework. This is a good activity to use for spelling test review.
They listen as each word is read aloud, then type the word as quickly and accurately as they can and hit the enter key when they are finished.
Students have to be proficient in keyboarding in order to get high scores. SpeedySpeller also allows for healthy competition in the class as students race against the clock and other students to be the fastest to type and spell the entire list of words correctly.