Learning how to spell is a fact of life. It can be difficult for many kids and come easy to some. In any case, make it meaningful and fun by offering some hands-on activities. Here are a few to get you and your students going…

  • ABC Order-Words are written in alphabetical order
  • Reverse Order-Words are written in alphabetical order, but backwards
  • Backwards Words-Words are written forwards and then backwards
  • Clean Words-Words are written in shaving cream on a work surface
  • Dirty Words-Words are written with something dirty-mud, sand, soil, etc.
  • Gelly Words-Words are written on a small Ziploc bag full of hair gel
  • Magnetic Letters-Words are spelled using magnetic letters and a cookie sheet
  • Pasta Words-Words are spelled using alphabet pasta
  • Picture Words-Pictures are draw and the words are written to label each picture
  • Rainbow Words-Words are written in different colors
  • Ransom Words-Words are made by cutting out letters from a newspaper and then gluing them on paper
  • Silly Sentences-Words are used to make silly sentences
  • Stamping Words-Words are spelled using letter stamps and an ink pad
  • Story Words-Words are used to make a story
  • Word Scramble-Words are given to the student scrambled up and they work with letter tiles to unscramble each word
  • Word SearchesWords are used to create a word search puzzle
  • Words Without Consonants-Words are written and the consonants are replaced with a symbol
  • Words Without Vowels-Words are written and the vowels are replaced with a symbol
  • Words-in-Words-Words are written and two words are generated from each spelling word

How to use it:

  • Feature one idea each week as a learning center
  • Use as a whole group to emphasize phonemic awareness and phonics
  • Send a list home of the spelling activities each week and have a parent sign off that the child completed it