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3rd Grade Spelling Activities

Double the Fun Spelling Game

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Here's one of our favorite 3rd grade spelling activities to play with a large group of students or your entire class.

You can find another great third grade game for spelling practice here.  You may also be interested in our list of third grade spelling words.

Key Spelling Concepts:

  • For one-syllable words that have short vowels and end in one consonant, double the final consonant before adding a suffix that begins with a vowel. 
  • Do not double the final consonant before adding a suffix that begins with a consonant.


  1. Ask 5-6 students to write a common suffix (word ending) on their own paper.
  2. Ask the rest of the students to write a one-syllable word that has a short vowel sound and ends in a single consonant, such as big, stop, or jam.
  3. Ask one word student to write her word on the board.
  4. Ask for a suffix student whose ending makes sense with the word to write his suffix on the board.
  5. If the last letter of the word should be doubled. the entire class calls out "Double it, double it!"  and everyone writes the word with a doubled final consonant on his own paper.
  6. If the last letter of the word should not be doubled, the entire class silently writes the word correctly on their papers.

Our list of suffixes will be helpful in planning this game.

More 3rd Grade Spelling Resources

Here are more of our recommended third grade spelling resources:

Compound Word Wizards :  Form compound words using a fun reusable game format. Correct spelling counts!


Third grade worksheets for spelling practice: Calendar Clues and Contraction Action

Fun third grade spelling practice ideas - Great ways for kids to help each other practice writing almost any spelling words. Time saver for you!

Third grade lesson plans: Story Puzzles

Third grade lesson plans for spelling. Try our ideas for Story Puzzles and Listening Lessons. These are both great ways to review spelling words!

Spelling Bee Games - Try one of our new Silent Spelling Bee variations. A fun--and quiet--twist on  a classic game!

Shady Spelling- Printable game boards for two players.

Third Grade Spelling Word Lists

3rd grade spelling words - 200 fundamental words to study and use

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Spelling bee words for third grade - 100 words to start your classroom spelling bee practice or competition. This shorter list is arranged from easiest to most difficult. It's a great starting point for kids who want to prepare for a classroom contest.

Tricky Elementary Spelling Words - Students in grades 2-5 sometimes need extra practice with these 100 common words.

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