Letter by Letter (All grades)
Lou Ann Boyers
Reinforce spelling, vocabulary meaning, directed attention
Materials and Preparation:
spelling list, or word list of vocabulary for any content
- Students line up for a "spelling bee".
- Teacher announces the word to the whole group and
play starts at on end of the line when the first student
says 1st letter, 2nd students says 2nd letter, and so
- The word must be spelled correctly "letter by
- Students must listen carefully to the word (given
only once), and must pay close attention to the last
correct letter given.
Student spelling the correct letter remains in the game.
Student missing a letter, or forgetting the word leaves
the game. Prizes in my class are stickers, candy, etc.
Continue through the spelling list until a single student
or designated number of students remain standing. Repeat
words, manipulate words to spot assess individual knowlege
of specific sounds etc. Keep the game fast paced by lessening
"wait" time as the words are repeated. (Additional
wait time can be allotted for students with special considerations)
Word is "flower".
Student 1 says "f"
Student 2 says "l"
Student 3 says "o"
Student 4 says "w"
Student 5 says "u" which is incorrrect so student
Student 6 says "e".
Student 7 says "r".
Student 8 says the 1st letter of the next word given.
Comments or Variations:
I use this to reinforce content area vocabulary by giving
out the definition of a science/math/social studies vocabulary
word. Students have to spell the correct vocabulary word.
This reinforces both spelling and knowlege of word meaning.
This can get exciting when some students KNOW the vocabulary,
while others excel at SPELLING!