Saturday, October 3, 2015

Spelling Activities {a Freebie}

Hey Friends!

What is your favorite part of your day? Without a doubt, it is literacy centers for my students and I!

They love to work collaboratively. They love to be independant. They love having choices.

I love watching them. They are helpful. They are hard working. They are capable of so much! My students work like Star Students!

I just finished updating a few new spelling/word work activities and thought I would share them with you!

These activity pages could be used to practice spelling or sight words as a center, morning work, or homework. My students enjoy the variety.

Since I have control issues To be sure my students clearly understand what to do for each activity, I model and my students do the same activity for that rotation of centers. After they have learned all the spelling activities I hang a menu board and they are able to choose whichever activity they'd like during word work.

I also have sight word stamps, salt trays, and writing paper to write spelling sentences but these activities seem to be most engaging for my first graders.

You can grab them FREE {Here}!

How do you teach and assess your students spelling words?

I have been asked some questions since I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago.

My district didn't have a spelling program, so my team and I made one many years ago. I love it so much and continue to use this program more than 10 years later!

At the beginning of the week after I explicitly teach the new spelling pattern, I give my students a word list to practice what they have just been taught. It also serves as one way for parents to know the new spelling words to practice at home. (Plus I get a little handwriting practice in too).

During the week we practice the words during mini lessons with our whiteboards, word sorts, and dictation sentences.

Pocket Chart Sorting Cards

My most favorite part of the Spelling Bundle is the assessment. It is clear with this assessment if a student has memorized their spelling words or really understands the spelling pattern and can transfer their knowledge of the pattern in untaught words. I dictate the words list words we have practiced throughout the week. The "star" words are words that we haven't practiced but follow the same spelling pattern.

Students must edit the silly sentence and write it correctly, then finally they read (to themselves) the bottom sentence and draw a picture to show comprehension.

If you'd like you can visit my TpT shop to see more.

1st Grade Program {Here}

2nd Grade Program {Here}

3rd Grade program {HERE}

Thanks so much for reading! I'd LOVE for you to leave a quick comment to share with me engaging ways you have your students work with words!!! :)


  1. My teammate and I have been using your program for a couple of years now. We LOVE it. My kids transfer the word family rules they've learned into their own writing all the time. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, so glad you love it too! :)

  2. Thank you SO much for the freebie! I plan on inserting the iPad page into plastic sheet protectors - my students will love practicing with it! Jen :)

  3. Hi Jen,

    Thanks so much, sheet protectors are the best! :)

  4. I love all of your activities. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hi Christina,
    My computer blocks me from getting your first grade spelling freebie. Can you email it to me in an attachment? Thank you! M.

    1. Hi Madge, you can download it here: