Friday, February 14, 2014

Moving During Spelling and Black History Month Word Work/Vocab

It's Friday and so I actually have some time to write a blog post.

The weather is warming up enough for the kids
to go outside for recess!  
When we were stuck inside, I was always
trying to come up with ways to get them moving.
This activity is another one of my
"5 minutes before the lesson starts" ideas.

I typed up little cards with some spelling words 
and also spelled each of them incorrectly.
I cut them apart and gave one to each student.
They wrote their word on our small dry erase boards.

 Then came the moving part.
First they had to find the person
that had their matching word.
They had fun because one person always had
the word misspelled.
 Once everyone had a partner,
they moved again by sorting themselves into two groups:
spelled correctly or misspelled.
Each time I chose two different parts of the room
for them to make the large groups.
We then switched words and played again.
This went on for about five rounds.

Afterwards, one student came up and said she thought
the game was so fun and hoped we would play it again.
The simple things that make the kids happy!

Going along with the theme of spelling

It's my first one and the theme is 
Black History Month.
 I love teaching my students new words,
but finding fun ways to learn them.

Also, next year we are getting rid of spelling tests,
so I need something to incorporate spelling lessons.
I think this is going to work out great.

I'd love to give away a copy of my word work pack.
Leave a comment below:
Do you have off on Monday?
Lucky me - I have the day off!


  1. I'm working Monday...but Friday was a snow day! And it saved me from any full moon/Valentine's Day/day after 100th day trauma!

    I really like the way you used the word cards for multiple activities...helps the students cement the meanings!

    Would love to win a copy.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  2. I love this idea, and I would like to try it with my fourth graders. I agree with you about incorporating movement into learning. It is always important, but especially in these winter months.

    Where did you get those "paddle" dry erase boards? I would love to have a set.

    Thank you!
    Fit to be Fourth

    1. Mary,
      I bought them on I use them all the time!

  3. I have Monday AND Tuesday off, and we had snow days Thursday and Friday. I'm feeling a little bit cooped up! AND, my Valentine's Day craziness is not over. We're having our party on Wednesday. It's better than last year, though. Last year we had Valentine's Day, 100th Day, and the whole-school Mustache Day all at once! We'd had a blizzard and everything got all jumbled up. I love your word work pack. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy. I'm thinking maybe small plastic plates might be fun to use for the spelling game. I might just try it next week. Thanks for the great idea!

  4. I love this idea to get the kids moving and learning, especially since it's been so long since we've been able to go out for recess! I have school on Monday to make up a snow day, we've had 14 so far! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. I'm feeling lucky and grateful I live in a warm, sunny place. We haven't had any closures due to snow. We actually played outside longer in December when we had an unusually cold week and it actually did snow. Kids were bringing big garbage bags, cardboard boxes, even actual sleds to play on during recess. They were having a blast and we didn't want to spoil the rare opportunity for them to enjoy the snow so we just let them play. Anyway, I love your word work pack would love to be the winner.