Your 5th grade spelling activities should
fifth grade, your students' interests and abilities are varying more and
more from student to student. By allowing students to explore
information in their areas of interest, it will be easier to keep your
students engaged in learning. See our list of typical 5th grade spelling words here.
By this age, no doubt you'll be asking students to write about their new areas of interest. And so, they need to learn to spell the words they're using.
Here's a super-simple idea that's great for board work or a worksheet.
Make a list of spelling words like this:
__ a v __ __ i t __ (favorite)
d __ t __ r __ __ n e (determine)
c __ __ t i __ __ n t (continent)
students to fill in the blanks to complete the spelling/vocabulary
words. For extra practice, ask them to write each complete word again
and also use it in a sentence.
Students can write or type word lists like this for each other. This not only saves you a lot of work, it also gives students extra practice as they both make and solve these spelling words.
Dictionary skills go hand in hand with spelling skills. Here's another simple idea that challenges vocabulary and spelling skills.
Write two guide words on the board. You can think of your own guide words or get them from a dictionary.
Examples: 1) canyon - cat 2) strange - strike
Ask students to write one set of guide words on their papers.
Give students 2 minutes to write as many words as possible that come between the two guide words alphabetically. When time is up, have students exchange papers to check each other's accuracy. Questionable spellings should be checked in a dictionary.
Words that might be added:
1) cap, capsize, carpet, castle, carriage, cascade, capital
2) stray, strap, strength, street, stream, streak, stress, strict
Or make the activity into a classroom game. Arrange students into two teams. Write a different set of guide words on the board for each team. Set a time period of 5 or 10 minutes.
Have 1 player from each team come to the board and write 1 word under the team's guide words. As soon as the player returns to his seat, the next player writes another word, and so on. At the end of the time period, the team with the most correct words wins the round.
These unique puzzles use important words from our
fourth grade spelling word list. Lots of puzzling fun!
Spelling word puzzlers: Students chose the correctly spelled words to complete an interesting story or eliminate extra letters to solve a word puzzle. Based on our sixth grade spelling word list.
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