Size of group: 3-7
Appropriate grade level: 2-3
Skill practiced: Vocabulary and Spelling
Materials: Paper and pencils, noecards, or a dry-erase board
Category: Lesson plan/activity idea
Choose a category, such as "Animals" or "Fruits". Set a timer for one minute, and then let the students write down as many words that could fit into that category as possible. Tally up their scores, and give them extra points for good spelling.
The association of words is something that comes easily for children, and, if prompted, they can come up with a number of words. Spelling will be variable, but, with correction and prompting, it will help them to recognize individual words.
As with all other spelling exercises, correction of the spelling is necessary for good spelling habits.