These 25 Spelling Activities and 5 Bonus Games can be used with ANY list of words. They are perfect for Early Finishers and for independent word work centers. These spelling activities are fun, engaging, and so easy to implement.
The reason these activities are so easy to use is that they are INSTANT Write on/Wipe off work mats that require NO PREP once you have the first set made. They are designed to be used over and over again throughout the year.
Just display 5 spelling words for the week. (If your word list is longer, you may choose to display all the words and explain to students to choose five of them at a time to practice.) Students grab a spelling mat, copy their spelling words onto it, and complete it independently using dry-erase markers. Then simply erase when done.
- No more searching for something extra for your fast finishers to do.
- No more missing pieces at independent spelling centers.
- No more copying extra worksheets and wasting paper.
- No more stacks of additional papers to correct!
- No more loud, off-task behaviors while others are finishing their work.
You and your students will LOVE them!
•25 Early Finisher Mats
These are independent write/wipe spelling mat activities that students engage in quietly on their own, then clean up in seconds.
•5 Spelling Games – BONUS
Five BONUS games are included to add variety to spelling practice. One is a whole
group game and four are partner games.
•5 Spelling Quiz Paper Options – BONUS
Five spelling quiz templates are included. Two focus on words only and three include lines to write a sentence.
CLEAR EXPECTATIONS – Your students will know exactly what to do when they finish assignments early.
NO PREP – Once the mats are made, your students will use them day after day. You literally just introduce the mats and have them available to be used.
COMMON CORE ALIGNED – Your students will engage in spelling activities specifically targeted to the spelling words you need to teach them.
STUDENT CHOICE – A variety of Early Finisher Mats are provided to increase motivation and keep your students engaged.
QUIET LEARNING ENVIRONMENT– Each activity is designed to be completed independently. Your fast finishers can work quietly as others finish their work.
NOTHING TO CORRECT – Students erase their mats and put them away for next time.
EASY TO STORE & MANAGE – The single page design with NO CARDS makes it unbelievably easy to store and use throughout the year. Just set out 4 or 5 at a time and swap out as you choose.
WHO IS THIS RESOURCE FOR?
- Teachers who need quick, easy to manage spelling practice activities for fast finishers or for word work centers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do students only write their spelling words once on each activity sheet?
Nope! Students write their spelling words two or more times as they engage in each activity.
Do students need anything besides a whiteboard marker to complete the activities?
Most of the spelling activities only require whiteboard markers. However, there are a few activities that require a plastic spinner (or pencil and paperclip).
Is it best to use laminated copies of the mats or place them in erasable pockets?
Both options work, so it really depends on your resources. We began using laminated copies because we didn’t have the money for a class set of Wipe-Off pockets. Once the mats were all laminated and cut out they were durable and VERY easy to use. However, they don’t clean up super well. The Wipe-Off pockets are nice because the plastic surface is easier to clean and students take ownership in keeping their pocket clean. Also, it isn’t necessary to laminate all the activity mats.
If students just erase their work, how do I know they practiced correctly?
Good question! If time allows, you can do a quick check before they erase.