Spelling skills

This is the first in a series of activities contributed by 2015 Summer Reads VISTAs who completed a capstone project.  Capstone projects are intended to benefit all sites and advance the field of children's literacy.  For more information on Summer Reads, visit /volunteers/vista/summer-reads-vista.  

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

Directions:
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.

Size of group: 3-10
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Spelling, vocabulary, alphabet/letter recognition
Materials: Set of different-colored chalk, and a sidewalk outside.
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
Give each student their choice of colored chalk and have them write their name on the sidewalk. Then have them come up with words (ideally adjectives) that begin with each letter of their name, in an acrostic poem style.

Size of group: 3-5
Appropriate grade level: 2-3
Skill practiced: Spelling, vocabulary, and rhyming
Materials: Set of Scrabble or Bananagrams tiles
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
Set up a word ending template, such as “and” or “ing”. Then give each student a set of consonants and have them try to make words by placing their consonants in front of the endings. Encourage them to use more than one letter at a time, such as “sh” or “str”.

Size of group: 3-5

Appropriate grade level: 2-3

Skill practiced: Spelling and Vocabulary

Materials: Set of Scrabble tiles.

Category: lesson plan/activity idea

 

Directions:

Size of group: 1-5 (depending on age)
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Writing, comprehension, spelling
Materials: A prompt, paper, pencil, and colored pencils or crayons
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Size of group: 3-7

Appropriate grade level: 2-3

Skill practiced: Vocabulary and Spelling

Materials: Paper and pencils, notecards, or a dry-erase board

Category: lesson plan/activity idea

 

Directions:

Title: Word Race
Size of group: 4-9
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skills practiced: Writing, Spelling
Materials: Scrabble letters, or letter flash cards.
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:

Title: Sparkle
Size of group: 5-25
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Listening and spelling
Materials: A list of words appropriate for the age range and space
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
1. Position the group of students in a circle and have them all stand up.

2. Choose a place to start and be prepared with words they should know how to spell.

   

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