I don’t do enough spelling practice. I should develop in that area, definitely. But one fun thing I do is a simple whiteboard spelling game as a review.
Give each team (about 4 students) a mini whiteboard, pen, eraser. Say one of the target words, and students spell it on the board. But…
Each student can only write one letter
They must then pass the board to their left
The next student writes the next letter
Students can collaborate over the spelling
When they’ve completed the word they hold the board up. The first team to finish gets a point.
Not got mini whiteboards? Just use a laminated piece of paper and some tissue as the rubber.
One team keeps winning…
Ha! Always happens. The game is just for fun. If a team keeps winning just get them to use their wrong hand to write each letter! Educational value, a bit. Fun and hilarity, plenty.
On our CELTA YL course one teacher put piles of letters (cut up) on each desk. He said a word and students worked together to construct it using the letters. One student tended to take over, but you could introduce some rules to prevent this.
I’m writing a series of short posts in response to Martin Sketchley’s blog challenge. You can view his new blog here.
A Community of Practice: Teaching English and Other Languages, CALL, Educational Technology, Advocacy, Immigrant Issues, Professional Organizations, Culture, Teacher Training, Assessment, Family Outreach, Assessment, Standards, Legal Issues, and Professional Development