Here are a few ways that I have found over the years that the kids enjoyed doing as well as getting the most practice done to help them learn the spelling rule for the week. If you come across other ideas, PLEASE share! I am always willing and ready to learn new ways to keep learning FUN! Thanks!
*Bounce- Bounce a ball and spell each word. (Dribble, dribble, dribble and say the word as you throw to make a basket)
*Leap Frog- Place letters on the floor written on large pieces of paper and have your child leap like a frog to each letter to spell the word.
*Balloon! Tie a balloon by a string to the ceiling and have your child hit the balloon and spell their words. To vary the idea, I have made them lie on their tummy and hit the balloon (string is longer and the balloon almost touches the floor) or have them kick the balloon either standing or sitting on their bottom.
*Hula- Swing your hips like doing hula and spell the word.
*Cheeze IT! There are neat Cheeze-It crackers that have letters on them! Spell the words and have a snack!
*Flashlight Tag- Write the letters to the words for the week on post it notes and post them on a door, frig or wall and turn out the lights and have your child spell the words by highlighting the letters! I have even done this on the ceiling of my classroom!
*Type it!- Type the words on the computer or an iPad, or text them to someone! (Way cool eh?) You can always send them to my email. I would love to see them.
* Magnetic letter APP- There is a great app for the iPad and tablets that the kids love to spell their words with.
*Poplet app.- There is an app that your child can make a web graphic organizer for the word family of study.
*Scrabble- Spell words and add up the score. Which word is worth the most?
*Playdough- however instead of making snakes which some kids find time consuming and frustrating, have them use a pencil, or a tooth pick (etc.) to write the words in play dough. This they LOVE to do. You can do the same thing in clay as well. Or if you have letter ink stampers like I do in the classroom, have your child stamp the words.
*Pat-a-Cake- I learned this from the kids this year. Two delightful girls showed me a cute song that they did to learn their letters while playing pat-a-cake. Well…..I just turned it into a great spelling practice activity which the love.
*Voices!- Have them spell the words using different voices such as monster, whisper, baby, mouse etc. Have your child come up with some voices- they are so clever in first grade!
*Word on back- Have your child spell the words by writing them on your back using their index finger.
*Spelling Test- Have your child give you the spelling test and you deliberately make a few mistakes. Have them find and help teach you the correct spelling.
*Rainbow Write- Have children write the words with different color crayons.
*Mystery word- write words with white crayon on top of white paper and either using water color paints or washable markers rubbed on top, have them find the words and then spell the words aloud to you.*Sand writing- Put salt, sand, or any dry ingredient on a tray and have your child write with their index finger their spelling words. You can also do this with shaving cream and pudding if you don't mind the mess.