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Spelling Spot


Spelling Words

April 30-May 4: Suffixes -y, -ish, -hood, -ment






















Creative ways to practice your spelling words! 

SPELLING CITY - Online games and quizes

ABC Order- Write your words in alphabetical order.
Rainbow Words- Write your words in three different colors.
Backwards Words- Write your words forwards, then backwards.
Silly Sentences- Write your words in ten sentences.
Picture Words- Draw a picture and write your words in the picture.
Story Words- Write a short story using all your words.
Scrambled Words- Write your words, then re-write them with their letters all scrambled.
Word Search- Make a word search with a friend, then trade and solve.
Ransom Words- Write your words by cutting out their letters from a newspaper or magazine then glue them on paper.
Pyramid Words- Write your words by adding or subtracting one letter at a time.  The result will be a pyramid shape of words.
Window Words- Write your words using white board marker on the window's glass.
Chalk Words- Write your words outside on the sidewalk using sidewalk chalk.
Delicious Words- Write your words in whipped cream, peanut butter or anything you can eat.
Good Clean Words- Write your words in shaving cream on a counter or another surface that can be cleaned easily.
Dirty Words- Write your words in the mud or sand.
Pasta Words- Write your words by arranging alphabet pasta or Alphabits.  Glue on paper or do on a table or counter at home.
Reversed Words- Write your words in ABC order--backwards!
3D Words- Use modeling clay or play-doh rolled thinly to make your words.
Magazine Words- Use an old magazinae or newspaper and find your word.  Cut it out and glue it on paper.
Cheer Your Words- Pretend that you're a cheerleader and yell out your words.  (We do this as a group activity- Sometimes we yell, sometimes we whisper).
Sound Words- Use a tape recorder and record your words and their spelling.  Then listen to your tape, checking to see if you spelled them correctly.
X- Words- Write two words having one common letter so they criss-cross.
Other Handed- If your right-handed, use your left or visa 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.
Back-Writing- Using your finger, draw each letter on a partner's back, having the partner say the word when completed.
Telephone Words- Translate your words into numbers using a telephone keypad.
Flash-Writing- 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 the word as you find it.
Popsicle Words- Make words using popsicle sticks.
Secret Agent Words- Number the alphabet from 1-26, then convert your words to a number code.
Etch-A-Word- Use an Etch-A-Sketch or Magnadoodle to write your words.
Morse Code- Convert your words to Morse Code.
Spelling Baseball- Draw four bases on a peice of paper or set up four chairs to be the bases.  Pitcher selects word.  If batter can spell it correctly, they move forward a base.  If batter can not spell word correctly, they stay where they are.  Child recieves one point every time they pass home.
Spelling BINGO- Each player folds a peice of paper four times each way so they have 16 squares.  Each player makes their own game board and chooses 16 words from the current list and past lists (or use the same words more than once).  Write one word in each box.  The caller says the spelling word.  If the player has the spelling word on teir board, they trace over it with pen or pencil.  If the player doesn't have the word on their game board, they turn the paper over and write it on the back.  For a real challenge, play blackout BINGO.
Snowman (Hangman)- Snowman is a non-violent version of Hangman.  On a wipe-off board or chalkboard, draw a snowman with a hat and three buttons.  Play like Hangman but erase part of the snowman for each guess.  The object is to guess the word before the snowman melts.
Water Wash- Use a paintbrush and water to write your words on the sidewalk.
Trace Around- Print one of your spelling words neatly.  Take a colored pen and draw an outline around the word, closely follow the shape of the letters.  Close your eyes and remember the shape.  Now try to write the word.
Riddle Me- Write a riddler for each word.
Connect the Dots- Make a square of 4 rows of dots with 4 dots in each row.  Before taking a turn, the player must spell a spelling word.  If the word is correct, they connect 2 dots.  When the player forms a square, they can write their initals in the box.  The player with the most squares at the end wins.
Colorful Words- Use two different colored pens to write your words.  Use one color to write the consonants and the other for the vowels.  Do this one more time.  Close your eyes and picture the word in your mind.  Now try to write the word with just one color.
Memory Game- Make pairs of word cards.  Flip them over and try to match the words.
Practice Test- Take a practice test.  (This is especially good on Thursday night before the FINAL test on Friday.
Scrabble- Use Scrabble tiles to spell your words.
Sing Them Loud - Sing Them Soft- Have your mom or dad sing the letters of the word in a loud voice.  You echo the spelling and then sing it again softly.  Now, both of you sing the word in the voice you choose.
Stairsteps- Write your words as if they were stairs, adding one letter each time.  If you are using lined paper begin against the left margin line.  If you're using graph paper, begin on the left.
Bathtub Spelling Practice- Get a package of foam letters for the tub.  During bath time, call out a spelling word and have your child spell the word by sticking the appropriate foam letters on the side of the tub.
Poker Chip Mix-Up- Purchase inexpensive poker chips and write the letters of the alphabet on them with marker.  You will need to make several of the commonly used consonants and vowels.  Choose the poker chips that contain the letters of one of your child's spelling words.  Give them the chips without telling them which word and ask them to spell the word.
Go Fish- Grab a box of goldfish crackers and your child's spelling list.  Call a word out for your child to spell.  If they spell it correctly, they can take a goldfish for each letter in the word.  If they make a mistake, they cannot take any until they spell it without help.
Word Processing Practice- Have your child use the computer to spell their spelling words.  Encourage them the use a different color, font, size or style for each word.
Spelling Word Finds- Create a word find for your child using Puzzlemaker at http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/index.html.  Click on Puzzlemaker and choose Word Find.  Type in your child's spelling words, print it and let them solve it! 
Spelling Puzzles- Write each spelling word on a 4x6 index card with marker.  Cut each card in half, creating a jagged edge on both sides.  Mix up the cards then have your child sort them and find the match to complete the puzzle.
Spelling City- www.spellingcity.com. Students may take practice tests, get help learning the words and best of all play tons of really fun games.  Enter your words and begin.