Check out this fun editable spelling game – perfect for fall!
I know how hard it is to spice up spelling practice … so I created this simple fall spelling game. The game cards are the same, but you can type your own words into the spelling word cards! The game is cute, but not too cute, so you can use it for kids in (late) first grade through fifth grade!
To play, a student draws one of the 18 game cards and reads the directions at the top. Here are the various directions you’ll find on the cards (all are repeated):
- Spell the next spelling word aloud.
- Spell the next spelling word aloud. Then use it in a sentence.
- Write the next spelling word on paper.
- Spell the next spelling word aloud. Then use it in a sentence. Draw a picture of your sentence.
- Look at the next spelling word. Read the word aloud. Then say all the letters. Now flip it over and write it.
- Spell the next spelling word in your best robot voice.
- Another player should write the word 3 ways. Only one way should be correct. Choose the correct spelling.
- Rip a piece of paper into scraps (or grab small sticky notes). Write the word, one letter per piece.
The player to his/her right reads the next word card. Then the player follows the directions (as described above).
If the player is correct, h/she follows the directions next to the smiley face. If incorrect, h/she follows the directions next to the sideways face. If they spell correctly, they move forward. If they spell incorrectly, they practice the word a few times (as directed on the card) before moving forward a fewer number of spaces.
Which of course means that the die is not necessary. I’m not sure why I included it in the picture. Sorry about that.
I played this game with my first grader. I typed in words with short a, words with long a spelled CVCe, and a few oddballs, such as have and what.
We had fun with this game, and I hope your learners do too!