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Spice Up Your Spelling Words
When rote doesn't work,
it's time to reach into your bag of tricks to make spelling special. Third
grade teacher Sally Engle is the inspiration for this list of interesting
things to do with spelling words. Many of these exercises can be done at
home, with a parent sending a note back that the words were completed.
- ABC order- Write your words in alphabetical order.
- Rainbow Words - Write your words in three colors
- Backwards Words- Write your words forwards, then backwards.
- Silly sentences -Use all your words in ten sentences
- Picture words - Draw a picture and write your words in the
- Words without Vowels - Write your words replacing all vowels
with a line.
- Words without Consonants - Same as above but replace consonants
- Story words - Write a short story using all your words.
- Scrambled words -Write your words, then write them again with
the letters mixed up.
- Wordsearch II -Make a wordsearch with a friend, then trade
- Wordsearch I - Complete a word pre-made search.
- Crossword - Complete a pre-made crossword puzzle.
- Surround words - Write your words on graph paper and outline
- Ransom words - Write your words by cutting out letters in a
newspaper or magazine and glue them on a paper.
- Pyramid Words - Write your words adding or subtracting one
letter at a time. The result will be a pyramid shape of words.
- Words-in-words - Write your word and then write at least 2
words made from each.
- Delicious words - Write your words in whipped cream, peanut
butter,or anything you can eat! Bring in a note from a parent!
- Good Clean Words -Write your words in shaving cream on a counter
or some other surface that can be cleaned safely.
- Dirty Words - Write your words in mud or sand.
- Pasta Words - Write your words by arranging alphabet pasta
or Alphabits. Glue on paper or bring me a note from a parent and do
on a table or counter at home.
- Reversed words - Write your words in ABC order -backwards!
- 3D words - Use modeling clay rolled thinly to make your words.
Bring a note if done at home.
- Create an activity - Can you think of a fun way to do your
spelling activities? Try it out!
- Puzzle words - Use a blank puzzle form. Write your words on
the form, making sure that the words cross over the pieces. Then cut
them out (color if you wish) and put them in a baggie with your name
on it. When you and a friend have completed your puzzles, trade and
put them back together.
- Magazine words - Use an old magazine or newspaper and find
your word. Cut it out and glue it on paper.
- Cheer your words - Pretend you are a cheerleader and call out
your words! (We will do this as a group activity.) Sometimes you'll
yell, sometimes you'll whisper! If you want to do this at home with
a parent, get them to send me a note that you've done it.
- Sound Words - Use a tape recorder and record your words and
their spelling. Then listen to your tape, checking to see that you spelled
all the words correctly.
- X Words - Write two words having one common letter so they
- Other Handed - If you are right-handed, write with your left,
or vice versa.
- Choo-Choo Words - Write the entire list end-to-end as one long
word, using different colors of crayon or ink for different words.
- Silly String - With a long length of string, "write"
words in cursive, using the string to shape the letters.
- Backwriting - Using your finger, draw each letter on a partners'
back, having the partner say the word when completed.
- Telephone Words - Translate your words into numbers from a
- Flashwriting - In a darkened room, use a flashlight to draw
letters in the air.
- Newspaper Words - Search a newspaper page from top to bottom,
circling each letter of a word as you find it.
- 30 Second Words - Write a TV commercial using all the words
from your list.
- Popsicles - Make words using popsicle sticks.
- Secret Agent Words - Number the alphabet from 1 to 26, then
convert your words to a number code.
- Etch-A-Word - Use an Etch-A-Sketch to write your words.
- Morse Code - Convert your words to Morse Code