Ways to Practice Spelling

Choose 4 different activities to do each week for your spelling words. Do not repeat any activity until you have completed everything on the list once. http://www.spellingcity.com/ is also a great way to learn your words. Use it!

1. Write each word 6 times, using your best penmanship.
2. Print your spelling words with manuscript letters (regular printing). Outline the letter shape of each word
with crayon or pen.
3. Draw a picture that illustrates each word and write the word below it. List the words you did not illustrate.
4. Write all your spelling words that begin with a consonant in one list. Put the words that begin with a
vowel in another list.
5. Write each spelling word and circle the vowels.
6. List the spelling words twice alphabetically.
7. List the words twice from shortest to longest.
8. Write each word in a sentence. (words may be combined ) Underline the spelling words.
9. Write your words with crayons. Use a different color for the vowels and for the consonants.
10. Make a flower garden. Write a spelling word on each flower.
11. Make a picture. Use spelling words in place of some of the lines to make “hidden” words.
12. List each spelling word and write a rhyming word. List the words that have no rhyming words.
13. Write a story using 10 spelling words. List those words you did not use.
14. Write the words and tell the number of consonant sounds in each.
15. List your spelling words from easiest to hardest to learn.
16. Make a cross where two words have the same letter in the middle. Sometimes the word cross may be
17. Write all your spelling words that have double vowels in a list. On a second list write the spelling words
that have more than two vowels in them. List the words with one vowel letter in a third list.
18. Write spelling words in a different shape such as a square, circle or triangle.
19. Read all your spelling words three times, and then see how many you can write from memory. Look at
the list once more. Try to write all the remaining words without looking again.
20. Put the spelling words with short vowel sounds in one list and long vowel sounds in another list. If a
word has more than one syllable, use the first syllable.
21. Write each word and a synonym for it. List three words for which you cannot find a synonym.
22. Write each spelling word and tell how many syllables you can hear.
23. Print the first letter of each word very large. Put all the other letters inside in the right order.
24. Make a chart for the number of syllables and list each word under the correct heading.
25. Draw a picture that shows the meaning of each spelling word. For example, draw a picture of the sun
for bright. Put the word under its illustration.
26. Make a word-search puzzle using your words. Be sure to solve the puzzle when you are finished.
27. Make each of your spelling words a beautiful thing by printing or writing it as artistically as you can.
28. See how many antonyms (opposites) you can write for your spelling words. List those words you don’t
know an antonym for.
29. Figure out how much each word is worth Value of each letter: AEIOUWY = a nickel
DHLNRST= a dime CFGMPV= 15 cents JKQXZ=a quarter
30. Divide the spelling words into syllables with a vowel in each syllable. Using the dictionary check your
31. Write a news article, including the headline, using as many of the spelling words as possible. Underline
each spelling word. List all the study words not used at the end of the article.
32. Find all the little words in several of your spelling words, as in father: fa, fat, at, the, he, her, eat, ate,
far. Do not skip any letters.
33. List your spelling words by the number of vowels in the word. Begin with the word that has the most
34. List your spelling words by the number of consonants in the word starting with the word that has the
most consonants.
35. Find categories for the meaning of the spelling words. List the words by category. For example, action
words: go, jump, etc.
36. Write each spelling word in the code. Be sure to show a key for the code that you are using.
37. Make a word sentence. Use the letters in a spelling word to begin each word. For example: CAT:
Charlie ate tacos.
38. Write five sentences using as many words from your spelling list as you can. List the words you
couldn’t use.
39. Use 10 or your words in a telegram. Remember telegrams cost money so choose your words carefully.
See if you can limit your telegram to 15 words. List the words you couldn’t use.
40. List your spelling words in three columns. Give a title to each column.
41. Write all your spelling words together that have something that is alike in their spelling. For example,
“little” and “middle” both end in “le”. Underline the parts in their spelling that are alike.
42. Look in the dictionary and write the two guide words for each one of your spelling words.
43. Look in the dictionary to find out how many meanings each spelling word has. Write the number of
meanings each word has in parenthesis after it. Then list your spelling words from the one with the fewest
meanings to the one with the most meanings.
44. Illustrate your words by the way you print them. List the words that you cannot illustrate.
45. Write all your spelling words. List the homonyms beside each spelling word that has one. For example:
bear and bare.
46. Someone has said, “The most beautiful words in English are……” List your spelling words from the
most beautiful word to the ugliest.
47. Alphabetize your spelling words using the last letter at the end of the word instead of by the first letter
at the beginning of the word. For example: sofa, music, word, model, etc.
48. Sort your words into the following five groups: adjectives, nouns, verbs, and adverbs
49. Find five ways to classify your words, as in one syllable, two syllables, starts with a consonant, Starts
with a vowel, has a ling vowel, does not have a vowel, etc.
50. Create three categories in order but do not tell the categories. A fourth category should always
be labeled “Miscellaneous”. The students find the categories, label columns on a work sheet and sort the