Sight word and spelling word activities

Spelling Word Ideas

3-D Words: Use play dough or clay to sculpt your spelling words.

3 times: Write each spelling word three times in your best handwriting.

ABC Order: Write your words in ABC order.

Across and Down Words: Write each of your spelling words across and then down. See example below:
Example:
TEACH
E
A
C
H

Adding My Words: Each letters has a value. Consonants are worth 10 and vowels are worth 5. Write your spelling words. Then, add up the value each spelling word.
Example: Said 10+5+5+10=30
There 10+10+5+10+5=40

Air Write: Write your spelling words in the air, using your finger. Have a partner read your words as you write them, or a parent can air write your words and your job is to read the words.

Back Writing: Use your finger to spell out each of your spelling words, one letter at a time, on your mom or dad’s back. Then it’s YOUR turn to identify the words as mom or dad writes them on your back.

Backwards Words: Write your spelling words forwards. Then write them a second time backwards.

Bubble Letters: Write each of your spelling words in bubble letters. After you finish, color your words in with crayon or colored pencil.

Cheer your words: Pretend you are a cheerleader and call out your words! make up moves to go along with them!

Choo-Choo Words: Write the entire spelling list end-to-end as one long word, using different colored crayons for each word.

Clean Words: Find a countertop or flat surface that can be cleaned easily. Spray a small amount of shaving cream and spread it out. Write your spelling words in shaving cream and be sure to clean up afterward!

Colorful Words: Write each of your spelling words. Write each letter using a different colored pencil, crayon, or marker.

Connect the Dots: Write your spelling words in dots, Then, connect the dots by tracing over them with a colored pencil.

Consonant Finder: Write each spelling word. Underline each consonant.

Definitions: Choose five of your words and look them up in the dictionary. Write down the definition of the word. Also tell me the word that came before it in the dictionary and the word that came after it in the dictionary.

Delicious Words: Spray a small amount of whipped cream (or anything you can eat) on a plate and spread it out. Write your spelling words in the whipped cream and be sure to clean up afterwards. Yummy!

Dots Game: 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 correctly. If the word is correct, the player can connect two dots. When the player forms a square by connecting dots, he can write his initials in the box. The player with the most squares at the end of the game is the winner!
Example:
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Dirty Words: Go outside and write your words in sand, mud, or dirt.

Fancy Words: Write your spelling words. Then write them again using fancy writing.

Flash cards: Write each spelling word on a 3×5 index card. Use the flash cards to study your words.

Flash writing: In a darkened room use a flashlight to write your spelling words in the air. Have a partner read your words as you write them, or a parent can “flash write” your words and your job is to read the words.

Goofy Spelling Story: Write a goofy spelling story using each of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your words as you use them. Illustrate your story.

Hangman: Use your spelling words to play “Hangman” with a partner.

Hidden Words: Draw a picture and write your spelling words in the picture. Try to hide the words.

Hopscotch Words: Make a hopscotch board on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk. Write letters instead of numbers. You get to HOP your words.

Letter Writing: Write a friendly letter to a teacher or friend using each of your spelling words. Underline the spelling words that you use.

Look, Say, Spell, Cover, Write, Check: Write your words on a blank piece of paper. Then LOOK at the first word. SAY that word out loud. SPELL that word out loud. COVER that word up. WRITE it next to the word you were just looking at. CHECK the spelling to see if you spelled it right. If it’s right move on to the next word and repeat for all of your spelling words. If it’s not correct, try the whole thing again until you get it right.

Magazine Words: Use an old magazine and find your words (or the letters that make up that word). Cut it out and glue it on paper.

Match-up: Write each of your words on two different index cards. Turn all the cards face down and mix them up. Lay out all your cards in rows (like concentration) and flip over two cards at a time. Read each card aloud to see if they match. Keep them if they do, or flip them over and try again.

Make Some Music: Write a song or rap that includes your words. Share with a friend or family member.

Other Handed: If you are right handed, write your spelling words with your left hand. If you are left handed, write your words with your right hand.

Paragraph Writing: Write a paragraph using as many spelling words as you can. Underline them as you use them. Remember, a paragraph has an opening sentence, three sentences that add detail in the middle, and a closing sentence at the end. This makes a total of 5 sentences.

Pasta Words: Arrange alphabet pasta or Alphabits Cereal to form your spelling words.

Popsicle Words: Form your words using popsicle sticks, toothpicks, Q-tips, markers, or anything thin and straight.

Practice Test: Take a practice test. Have your mom or dad ask you to spell your spelling words. Write them on a list. Check your practice test and correct any missed words.

Pyramid Words: Write your spelling words in a pyramid shape. Start with the first letter. On the next line, write the first two letters. On the next line, write the first three letters. Continue until you have written the entire word.
Example:
T
TH
THE
THEM

Question Time: Use your spelling words to write 7 or more questions. Underline the spelling words.

Rainbow Write: Write your words using a pencil. Then trace over your words with a crayon. Then trace a second time with a different colored crayon. Finally, trace a third time with a different colored crayon. Trace NEATLY and you will see the rainbow!

Reverse ABC Order Words: Write your words in ABC order but this time start at the end of the alphabet.

Rhyming Words: Write each of your spelling words. next to each word, write a rhyming word. if necessary, your rhyming words can be nonsense words.

Riddle Me: Write a riddle for 10 of your spelling words. Give three clues for each word. Don’t forget to add the answer to your riddles. Then have a parent, sibling, or friend try to figure out the riddles.
Example: I cry when I’m hungry. I wear diapers. I am cute and cuddly.
What am I? (Answer: baby)

Secret Agent Words: Number the alphabet from 1-26. Example: A=1, B=2, C=3, etc… Then convert your words to a number code. Write each spelling word and then next to it, write the word in code.

Sentences: Write sentences using each of your spelling words. You may use more than one word in a sentence. The sentences must show that you understand the meaning of the word. Underline your spelling word.

Sign Your Words: Use sign language finger spelling to sign the spelling of your words.

Silly Sentences: Write silly sentences that include your spelling words. Underline your words.

Snowflake Words: Draw a winter scene. In your scene, add some snowflakes. Write one spelling word inside each snowflake. Make it colorful and wintery!

Spelling Baseball: Draw for bases on a piece of paper or lay out four pillows to be the bases. The pitcher selects a word. If the batter can spell the word correctly, he moves forward one base. If the batter cannot spell the word, he remains where he is. A point is scored every time you pass home plate.

Spelling Flowers: Draw a picture of a great big flower. Write each of your spelling words on one of the flower petals or on a leaf. Draw extra flowers if you run out of room. Shade it lightly with crayons or colored pencils so that I can read your words.

Spelling Poem: Write a peom using several of your spelling words. Underline the words that you choose. Illustrate your poem. You can write any kind of poem you’d like.

Spelling Synonyms: Using a thesaurus or your own vocabulary, write 1-3 synonyms (words that mean the same) for 10 of your spelling words. Do not use words you have never heard of before.

Squiggly Spelling Words: You are going to write your spelling words two times. First, write in regular letters. Then, write the words again in squiggly letters!

Spell-er-size: Spell your words as you do jumping jacks! For each letter do one jumping jack, then do one last jumping jack as you say the whole word you just spelled.
Example: D (jumping jack), O (jumping jack), G (jumping jack), DOG (jumping jack)

Story, Story: Write a story using all of your spelling words.

Syllables: Write your words but put dashes between the letters that break up the syllables.
Examples: el-e-phant tooth-brush Mont-gom-er-y

Telephone Words: Write each spelling word. Look at your telephone keypad. Translate each letter into the numbers on the keypad. Now write your spelling words using this code.

Tongue Twisters: Write a tongue twister for 5 of your words. Underline your spelling words.

Toss A Word: Toss (or roll) a ball back and forth with a partner. You say the 1st letter, and then toss and your partner says the 2nd letter and so on. Toss the ball until you have spelled all of your words.

Type ‘Em: Type your spelling words on the computer. Make each word have a different font or color. Print it out or email it to me! (tajones1@wsd.net)

UPPER and lower: Write your spelling words two times each. The first time, write each word in UPPERCASE letters. The second time write your words in lowercase letters.

Vowel Finder: Write each spelling word. Underline each vowel.

Word Without Consonants: Write your spelling words on a list, but replace all the consonants with a line. Then, go back to the beginning of your list and see if you can fill in the correct missing consonants.
Example: _i__e_ finger

Words Without Vowels: Write your spelling words on a list but replace all the vowels with a line. Then, go back to the beginning of your list and see if you can fill in the correct missing vowels.
Example: ¬_mbr¬_ll_ umbrella

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