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Lesson Plan #: AELP-SPG000
Author: Terry Sayre, Tigard, OR Date: May 1998

Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  • Language Arts/Spelling

Overview: Student will play a game that challenges their spelling skills.


Students will:

  1. practice their spelling vocabulary.
  2. develop a positive attitude towards learning.
  3. practice their listening skills.


One copy of students spelling list, an area large enough for the whole class to stand in a circle.

Activities and Procedures:

  • Have the class form a large circle in an open area. Ask them to stay standing.
  • Tell the students that you are going to give them a spelling word and that it is very important for them to pay attention.
  • Say a spelling word, e.g. sphere.
  • The first person will say the word sphere.
  • The next student will say the first letter of the word, s. If a student misspells the word, they have to sit down.
  • Have students go around the circle, spelling out the word sphere.
  • Once all of the letters have been correctly spelled out, the next student says the whole word.
  • The next person in the circle says sparkle and the person after them sits down.
  • Start the game over when there are only a few students left standing.
  • [Warning!!! This game can become very popular!!]


    Ask students what they liked about the game or what could be improved to make it more fun for the whole class.