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Rice Lake Elementary

Homework oops!

on October 25, 2010

I have to make an apology.  I was busy working on correcting homework this weekend while enjoying a large cup of coffee.  In the middle of correcting, I spilled my coffee all over the homework!  I marked down who turned in homework, but ended up tossing all the papers away because they were way to messy.  I will make sure to be more careful next time!  Thank you for the time you put into your homework. 

Here are some fun ways to practice your spelling words at home:

ABC Order– Write your words in alphabetical order. 

Rainbow Words – Write your words in three colors 

Backwards Words– Write your words forwards, then backwards. 

Silly Sentences -Use all your words in ten sentences 

Picture Words – Draw a picture and write your words in the picture. 

Story Words – Write a short story using all your words. 

Scrambled Words -Write your words, then write them again with the letters mixed up. 

Wordsearch -Make a wordsearch with a friend, then trade and solve. 

Ransom words – Write your words by cutting out letters in a newspaper or magazine and glue them on a paper. 

Pyramid Words – Write your words adding or subtracting one letter at a time. The result will be a pyramid shape of words. 

Delicious Words – Write your words in whipped cream, peanut butter,
or anything you can eat! 

Good Clean Words -Write your words in shaving cream on a counter or some other surface that can be cleaned safely. 

Dirty Words – Write your words in mud or sand. 

Pasta Words – Write your words by arranging alphabet pasta or Alphabits. Glue on paper or do on a table or counter at home. 

Reversed words – Write your words in ABC order -backwards! 

3D words – Use modeling clay rolled thinly to make your words. 

Magazine words – Use an old magazine or newspaper and find your word. Cut it out and glue it on paper. 

Cheer your words – Pretend you are a cheerleader and call out your words! (We will do this as a group activity.) Sometimes you’ll yell, sometimes you’ll whisper! 

Sound Words – Use a tape recorder and record your words and their spelling. Then listen to your tape, checking to see that you spelled all the words correctly. 

X Words – Write two words having one common letter so they criss-cross. 

Other Handed – If you are right-handed, write with your left, or vice versa. 

Choo-Choo Words – Write the entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colors of crayon or ink for different words. 

Backwriting – Using your finger, draw each letter on a partners’ back, having the partner say the word when completed. 

Telephone Words – Translate your words into numbers from a telephone keypad. 

Flashwriting – In a darkened room, use a flashlight to draw letters in the air. 

Newspaper Words – Search a newspaper page from top to bottom, circling each letter of a word as you find it. 

Popsicles – Make words using popsicle sticks. 

Secret Agent Words – Number the alphabet from 1 to 26, then convert your words to a number code. 

Etch-A-Word – Use an Etch-A-Sketch  or Magnadoodle to write your words. 

Morse Code – Convert your words to Morse Code 

Spelling Baseball – Draw four bases on a piece of paper or set up four chairs to be the bases. Pitcher selects a word. If batter can spell it correctly, he moves forward one base. If batter cannot spell word, he remains where he is. Child receives point every time he passes home base. 

Spelling Bingo – Each player folds a piece of paper 4 times so you have 16 boxes. Each person makes his own game board and chooses 16 words from the current list and past lists (or use the same words more than once). Write one word in each box. The caller says a spelling word. If a player has the word on his bingo card, he traces over it with a pen or colored pencil. If the player does not have the word, he turns his paper over and writes it on the back. For a real challenge, play black-out bingo. 

Snowman or Scarecrow (Hangman) – Snowman is a nonviolent version of Hangman. On a wipe-off board or chalkboard, draw a snowman with hat and three buttons. Play like hangman (don’t forget to draw the lines to show how many letters the chosen word has), but erase a part of the snowman for each guess. The object is to guess the word before the snowman melts. 

Water Wash – (Warm day required!) Use a paintbrush and water to write your words on the sidewalk! 

Trace Around – Print one of your spelling words neatly. Take a colored pen and draw an outline around the word, closely following the shapes of the letters. Close your eyes and remember the shape. Now try to write the word. 

Riddle Me – Write a riddle for each word. 

Connect the Dots – Make a square of 4 rows of dots with 4 dots in each row. Before taking a turn, the player must spell a spelling word. If the word is correct, he connects two dots. When a player forms a square, he can write his initials in the box. Player with most squares at the end wins. 

Colorful Words – Use two different color pens to write your spelling words. Use one color to write the consonants and the other for the vowels. Do this one more time. Close your eyes and picture the word in your mind. Now try and write the word with just one color. 

Memory Game – Make pairs of word cards. Flip them over and try to match the pairs! 

Practice Test – Take a practice test (this is especially good on Thursday night before the REAL test!) 

Scrabble – Use Scrabble tiles to spell your words. 

Sing Them Loud, Sing Them Soft – Have your Mom or Dad sing the letters of a spelling word to you in a loud voice. You echo the spelling and then sing it again softly. Now BOTH of you sing the word in the voice you choose! 

Stairsteps – Write words as if they are stairs, adding one letter each time. (If you are using lined paper, begin up against the left margin line. If you are using graph paper, begin on the left.)

Bathtub Spelling Practice – Get a package of foam letters for the tub. During bath time, call out a word and have your child spell the word by sticking the appropriate foam letters to the side of the tub.

Sidewalk Spelling – On a nice day, take your child outside with a bucket of sidewalk chalk and call out her spelling words. She can write the words on the sidewalk and later go back and draw a picture to illustrate each word. The chalk washes off with water. 

Poker Chip Mix-up – Purchase inexpensive poker chips and write the letters of the alphabet on them with a marker. You will need to make several of the commonly used consonants and vowels. Choose the poker chips that contain the letters of one of your child’s spelling words. Give them to him without telling him which word and ask him to spell the word.

Go Fish – Grab a package of goldfish crackers and your child’s spelling list. Call a word out for your child to spell and each time she spells one correctly, she can take one gold fish cracker for each letter in the word. If she makes a mistake, she cannot take any until she is able to spell it without help. 

Word Processing Practice – Have your child use the computer to type his spelling words. Encourage him to use a different color, font, size or style for each word.

Spelling Word Finds – Create a word find for your child using Puzzlemaker at Click on Puzzlemaker and choose Word Find. Type in your child’s spelling words, print it and let her solve it! (you can also do this on spelling city).

Spelling Puzzles – Write each spelling word on a 4×6″ index card with marker. Cut each card in half, creating a jagged edge on both sides. Mix up the cards and have your child sort them and find the match to complete the puzzle. 

Spelling Students may take practice tests, get help learning the   words, and best of all… play tons of really FUN games!  I will do my best to keep this site updated each Monday


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