January 18, 2008
I play the game Spell It Right with my second and third graders. I place my students' names on tongue depressors. I pull two names to be the next contestants to, Come on down! I give them a spelling word of the week for the imaginary grand prize. The first contestant to spell the word correctly wins the prize. A few weeks later, I pull names to form teams of students. The teams compete for real prizes from a treasure chest. The team with the most points has first choice of a treasure chest item. Since playing this game, spelling grades are rarely below 105% with bonus words. This activity also helps us with science vocabulary words.