For second grade spelling, you want as many fun activities as possible! That's why we've compiled this collection of simple brain teasers and riddles. In the classroom, play these on the chalkboard. At home, get out paper and pencil to go one-on-one with your child for a new kind of fun!
These puzzlers and brain teasers engage children not only in spelling but also in critical thinking and vocabulary development. It's a WIN-WIN for everyone!
Write the letters R, T, A on the board. Ask each student to think of a word that can be made using all three of these letters and write it on his paper. How many words are there?
After a minute or
students to come to the board to write their words. Answers:
ART, RAT, TAR
Now add an S to the same three letters. Now how many words are there?
Answers: ARTS, RATS, TARS, STAR (Tsar would be unfamiliar.)
Here are additional versatile set of letters:
AMR - arm, ram (Mar may be unfamiliar)
AET - ate, eat, tea
OTP - pot, top (Opt may be unfamiliar)
Scramble the weekly spelling words for some extra fun. Sometimes, let your child scramble the words for you (or a friend) to unscramble. Even when he writes the letters out of order, he must check to be sure he's used all the correct letters.
m a p s t --> stamp u f o d n --> found
You'll be surprised at how many words can be spelled from
inside of some common second grade spelling words. Look at these
Write one of these or similar words on the board at the beginning of the day. Challenge students to see how many words they can write down by the end of the day.
Give your student or students clues to help them guess the weekly spelling word (or review word) that you've secretly selected. Sample clues:
You're sure to find lots more great activities for second grade spelling. Keep a list of them so you'll always be ready to make the most of spare moments throughout the day. Don't miss our second grade worksheets!
You may also be interested in these collections of helpful resources:
2nd grade spelling activities and games - Get your students working and thinking together as they practice their spelling words.
Slip It In! - A great phonics game that kids can play over and over again. Our version features short vowel words, but you can adapt this game for other phonics skills as well.
Second grade spelling words - A list of 175 important spelling words for second graders. Other helpful word lists include: