Weekly Home Spelling Activities

Back writing:
With your finger, write your spelling word on a partner's back.   Partner records each letter as it is written, and guesses the word.  Then, have your partner write a word on your back.
Snap and Clap:
Chunk each word into 2-3 letters; letters that go together such as th, er, oa, etc. should stay as one chunk.  Then clap hands while saying the letters in the first chunk, snap fingers while saying the letters in the next chunk, then lift arms up and say the word. Repeat several times.
Alphabetical Order:
Write your spelling word in ABC order. Remember, if two words begin with the same letter, look at the second letter to decide which word comes before the other.
Word Scramble:
Have someone scramble your spelling words.  Then unscramble them.  The correct words can be written at the bottom of the page for younger students.  For a challenge, use only your eyes, your memory, and your thinking skills to unscramble the words.
Spelling Study Sheet:
Write your spelling words on the page.  Then, study one word at a time, moving across the page from left to right. Be sure to say each letter as you write them. This activity is very effective for difficult words, or for words you want to learn very well.
Double Letters:
Write your spelling words using two different coloured crayons, pencil crayons, or felt pens.  Say each letter as you write it; say the word as you finish.
Word Search:
Write your spelling words on a piece of grid paper (capital letters work best).  Make them go up, down, diagonally, or backwards.  Then, fill in all the squares with letters to hide your words. List your spelling words on the bottom of the paper and have someone find them. Or, someone can make a word search for you to solve!
Write your spelling words on a piece of paper. Beside each word, write the number of syllables it has, and, divide the word into syllables, or chunks,   (eg. partner, 2 — part/ner; spelling, 2 — spell/ing)
Dictionary Skills:
Find each spelling word in the dictionary. Write down the "guide words" — from the top of the page where your word is found.
Look up each spelling word in the dictionary.  Write the meaning of each word.
Write a Letter:
Write a letter (to your teacher, a friend, or parent).  Use as many spelling words as you can.  Circle all the spelling words.  Don't forget the heading, greeting, closing, and your signature.
Word In-Between:
Write your spelling word down the page and, beside it but leaving a space, write the word up the page. Then, try to write letters between each pair of letters to make a word.
Chain Game:
One person says a word and then spells it. The next person must choose a word that begins with the letter the last word ended with. Use your spelling words and others.
Root Words and Ending:
Write each spelling word. If it is a root word, add as many endings as you can (eg. run — runs, running, runner).  If it is a longer word, find the root word and other word endings (eg. fishing — fish, fisher, fished).
Rhyming Words:
Find rhyming words for each of your spelling words.  If it has a common "word family," like ring, write as many rhyming words from the "family" as you can think of (sing, bring, thing, ping, ding, fling).

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