Spelling Activities: Setting Up a Spelling Center

Spelling centers are such a fun way to reinforce the vocabulary that students are learning each week! I remember being a beginning teacher and feeling like I just wasn't doing enough with our weekly spelling words. Each week, I would give a pre-test on Monday and send the spelling list home that night. We didn't do much more than that in class. I would assign the dreaded "Spelling Sentences" which were due each Thursday, and then on Friday I would give the post spelling test. Spelling was not fun in my class. :-(

So, my second year of teaching I was on a mission to create FUN, interactive activities that could be done as a literacy center in class, as well as weekly spelling choice homework.  After two years of trial and error, I finally had a successful spelling center! Yay! Here's how I did it:

There are so many amazing ideas out there on Pinterest, and I knew I wanted an easy-access, quick to refill system, so I opted to use the good ol' file crate. I set up file dividers and put the spelling activity names on each of the file tabs. Easy peasy!




When I started out, I only had five different activities for students to choose from. However, these five activities quickly became a favorite center time pick, so I started creating more! Soon, I had over 30 FUN ACTIVITIES that students could choose from to complete. 

In each file folder, I kept 50-75 copies of the spelling activity. Once a week, a parent volunteer was in charge of checking the spelling center to replenish any activity sheet that was running low. In the back of the spelling crate I kept a "master" file that the parent volunteer could easily access. I loved having this fun, low-maintenance center!

Sometimes I would assign a specific activity for centers, or as homework, and other times I just let students have free choice. It always amazed me how even during our weekly P.A.T. (preferred activity time) students would actually choose to do spelling center activities over playing games! 

I wanted to share a few of my (and my students') favorite spelling activities as a FREEBIE!  

The first FREEBIE includes "Spelling Memory" and my original "Words Worth What?" 

Spelling Memory is always a hit because students have a chance to unleash their inner artist. For this activity, students write the spelling words on one set of cards and draw matching pictures on the other set. Then, students cut the cards apart and play a game of memory with a partner or group of three. Students can store this in their Classwork Folder  (or another easy-to-access place) and play throughout the week as an early-finisher activity.





The second activity, "Words Worth What?" gives students a chance to practice their math and spelling skills. (There is a scramble version of this activity, too, which gets students using their logic skills). Here's the two versions in action:





You can grab a copy of these FREEBIES HERE:





Finally, the "Words Worth What? - COINS" is AWESOME because students can use this activity across the curriculum. Math skills are integrated, and students quickly become very engaged! 







Grab a copy of this FREEBIE HERE!

I hope you've found something here helpful, and if you are looking for some FUN, interactive spelling activities, you can check out my Spelling Activities Fun Practice Pack!


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