Written by Holly (Teach Starter)
Posted Thursday February 23, 2017
Having a set of fun activities and teaching resources that you can use with any list of spelling or vocabulary words is a must in any classroom. Alternatively, they are a great homework activity!
Here is a list of activities that you can do with your students:
Kids love this!
Print out your list of words and display them on a word wall. Students line up in two teams at the hoop and have to read the word that is shown to them. Alternatively, you could read out a definition of a word and they need to try and guess what word it is!
The student who gets it right gets to take a shot for a point for their team.
The team with they most points at the end of the activity are the winners!
Hands-On Spelling Activities
We have a great selection of hands-on spelling games and activities. Here are some of our favourites:
Fun Spelling Activity Task Cards ✏️
Use our set of 57 spelling task cards during rotations.
Every activity is possible with any set of spelling or vocabulary specific words! Lot’s of fun activities and ideas!
Why not pick four activities and have students move around to each activity in small groups!
Kids love BINGO!
Create your own BINGO cards using the spelling words for the week! Use our blank bingo cards, and customise them on our website. Alternatively, laminate a small group set and simply write the words you want on them with a whiteboard marker. Then you can wipe them clean and re-use them for the following week!
Read out definitions and have the students find the matching word!
Laminated Activities – Lower Primary
Rather than using our Generic Spelling Activity Worksheet Pack as worksheets, print on coloured paper and laminate the set!
This makes for an easy and fun activity that your students can do with any set of spelling words!
Celebrity Heads with Words
Love this idea!
Simply create a hat using coloured card and use Blu Tak to stick a word to a student’s hat! They then need to work out what spelling word they are wearing by asking their class or small group questions such as: Am I a noun? Am I a verb? Do I start with a consonant letter?
Kids love this and it is so simple and easy to create.
Vocab and Definition Memory ⌛
Another fun activity!
Using our Generic Spelling Words Word Wall cards print out the spelling words and their matching definition.
Students then have to play memory.
Roll, Say and Add
Using the Generic Spelling Words Word Wall cards, place in a pile in front of each student.
Students then roll the dice and must say the first word in the pile.
If they get it correct they can add the number on the dice to their total! The student with the most points wins.
This is a great activity of instant recognition as the faster they go, the quicker their total rises!
Spelling Activity Task Cards – Lower Primary
Another great set of instant word wall activities! More suited to the lower grades.
Set up spelling rotations and pick four fun activities your students can do.
Word Work Grids – Upper Primary
A great activity that can last all week!
We have a Word Work Grid Version 1 and Word Work Grid Version 2 available for download. Print and laminate the grid so that your students can re-use for each set of spelling words.
There are matching worksheets that correspond to most activities on each grid!
What spelling activities do your students love to do? Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog! We love to hear from our followers…
Spelling Homework Ideas
Use these spelling homework ideas to add variety to your kids' spelling routine. Regardless of their age, most students need to practice, practice, practice their new spelling words, and that can quickly become boring, boring, boring!
To keep your kids engaged in the process, try some of these ideas this week. Don't miss the first half of our list.
Printable list of spelling homework ideas
21. Write a brand-new tall tale that uses 10 of your spelling words.
22. Write a poem using at least 3 of your spelling words.
23. Sort your spelling words using their parts of speech.
24. Type 5 of your words into a word processing program. Use its dictionary to find and copy definitions.
25. Write the letters of your words in ABC order. (For example, STUDY would be DSTUY.)
26. Write the words on a piece of graph paper so that every word intersects with another word, if possible.
27. Try to form new words by changing just one letter in each spelling word. Example: load - loaf
28. Try to form new words by adding one letter to each spelling word. (Example study - sturdy)
29. Write a story about your favorite holiday that uses at least 6 spelling words.
30. Write a story about a terrible, awful day that uses at least 6 spelling words.
31. Use building blocks, toys or other items to form your spelling words.
32. Rewrite all your spelling words using a code. Include the code on the page. Ask a family member to solve.
33. Draw a picture for 10 of your spelling words.
34. Make a greeting card for a family member that uses at least 3 of your spelling words.
35. Write 5 sentences so that each one contains a spelling word and a synonym or antonym for the spelling word.
36. Write sentences using two spelling words in each sentence.
37. Think of a shape that relates to each spelling word. Then try to write the word in that shape.
38. Write a new song to an old tune (Jingle Bells, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.) that uses several of your spelling words.
39. Write each word 6 times, using a different style of letters each time. (Use cursive letters, block letters, curvy letters, etc.)
40. Write the title of a fictional book for each spelling word.
More Spelling Homework Ideas
Check out our first 20 homework ideas, our spelling word games, and our spelling worksheets for more great practice ideas.
We also recommend the AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks. The books are full of ideas for lots of spelling practice with any spelling words. The 3 eBooks provide practice with creative writing, word play, and partner games.
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