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 that was fun for the students and low-prep for me! Yay! Here’s how I set it up:
I knew I wanted an easy-access, quick to refill system, so I opted to use a file crate. I set up file folders and put the spelling activity names on each of the file tabs. Easy peasy!
Initially, I only had eight different activities for students to choose from. However, these eight activities quickly became a favorite center time for students, so I started creating more! Soon, I had over 20 activities and now I’m up to 35 FUN ACTIVITIES that students love!
In each file folder, I keep 50-75 copies of the spelling activity. Once a week, a parent volunteer checks the spelling center to replenish any activity sheet that’s running low. In the back of the spelling crate, there is a “master” file, so my parent volunteer can easily access activities to photocopy. This center is seriously so low-maintenance!
Sometimes I assigned a specific activity for centers, or as homework, and other times I just let students have free choice. It was amazing how even during our weekly P.A.T. (Preferred Activity Time) students chose to do a spelling center activity over playing games.
I want to share a few of my (and my students’) favorite spelling activities as a FREEBIE! There are three different activities included and you can download the freebie here:
I hope setting up your spelling center is a breeze!