Parents’ Guide to… Spelling Words

Parents’ Guide to…

Weekly Spelling Words

   What more can you do at home?

In addition to administering a practice test, you can also encourage your child to do additional activities that require students to practice spelling the words on their weekly lists. 

Spelling Activities

The following is a list of spelling activities that students can complete to help them practice their spelling words at home.

1.           Write your spelling words in alphabetical order.

2.         Write each spelling word without its vowels. Replace each vowel  with a line.

4.         Write your spelling words in crayon or pen. Write each consonant letter in red and each vowel in blue.

5.         Write the words and cross out all of silent letters.

6.         Make a set of flashcards for studying your words.

7.         Write each spelling word three times.

8.         Write each spelling word in a rainbow of colors.  First, write the words with a red crayon. Trace over the words with a blue crayon. Finally, trace the words again with a green crayon.

9.    Write your spelling words as fractions based on the number of vowels and consonants in each word. 

10.      Write your words with all the letters scrambled up. Then ask a parent or sibling to unscramble the words in your notebook. Correct that person’s work.

11.    Write each spelling word.  Next to each word, write two additional words of at least three letters that can be spelled using the letters in the word.  Example: the word pickle can be used to make the words lick, pick, like, and lip.

12.    Use letter tiles to spell out this week’s words.  Glue them into your notebook.   

13.    Write your spelling words in secret code.    Challenge a parent or sibling to use the code to decode each word. Correct their work.  Example: glad= 7-12-1-4

 14.    Spelling Math: Which spelling word has the highest value? Which word has the lowest value? Do any words have an equal value?  (We will learn how to find values later in the school year.)

15.    Use each spelling word in a sentence. Correct spelling and grammar count!

16.    Take a practice test at home given by a parent.  Write any missed word 3 times each.   

17.    Draw and color a picture. “Hide” the words in the picture. Please do not color over the words.

18.    Write your spelling words on cards (make two sets) and play “Memory Match” with them against a sibling or parent.  

19.  Use a thesaurus to write a synonym for each word.

 20.    Write a mnemonic sentence to help you remember each of your spelling words. Each letter of the word should start a word in the sentence. For example, a mnemonic sentence for the word throw might be Ted has rented one wheelbarrow.

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