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Spelling Bee Games

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Good old-fashioned spelling bee games can provide some fantastic spelling practice! The competitive nature of these games encourages kids to study hard and work together  to produce a winning strategy.

Here are some new variations that will add extra fun and challenge to your spelling practice routine.

Silent Spelling Bee Games

Yes, it's possible to spell silently -- with the help of some dry-erase boards, or even paper and pencil! I think you'll really like these!

Variation 1

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1. Divide your class into two teams. Have each team line up on opposite sides of the classroom.

2. Give the first person in each team a dry-erase board and marker (or a clean sheet of paper and pencil).

3. Announce the first word to be spelled.

Note: Because there is no talking and the writing is hidden from the other team, both groups can spell the same word at the same time.

4. All team members are to remain silent as the first player on each team writes the spelling word.

5. The player passes the board to the second player. He is allowed to keep the word as is, or to correct it.

6. When the teacher calls time, the second person on each team  reveals the spelling of the word to everyone.

7. The teacher awards 1 point for every correct word.

8. For the next spelling word, the player with the board passes it to the third player on the team. Play continues in the same manner.

9. At the end of the time period, the winning team is the one with the most points.

Variation 2

bee surrounded by letters SPELLING

This time, ask the first person in each team to write only the first letter of the word on the dry-erase board. She then hands the board to the second player who adds the next letter, and so on.

When a team member has added the last letter to the word, the next person on the team checks it. He may leave the word as is, or correct any or all of the letters in it.

You may also want to try these spelling bee games!

More Help for Spelling Bees

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You'll want to give your students as much practice as possible before big spelling competitions. Here are some resources that can help:

We've compiled a list of spelling bee practice ideas for individual students. A printable version is included for your convenience. 

Use our basic spelling bee rules to run your next classroom spelling competition. We cover the basics in a concise list.

The Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks

Don't miss our lists of spelling bee words, for grades 3-8.

To conduct your own school spelling bee, consider using our Spelling Bee Toolboxes.

They contain all the resources you need for a successful spelling bee!

  1. Spelling Words Well
  2. Bee Resources
  3. Spelling Bee Games


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Think a Spell brain teaser eBook

Think-A-Spell! A fun collection of brain teasers and spelling challenges. Best for ages 10 to adult. 

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Gigantic Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages

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Spelling Bee Toolboxes for Grades 3/5 and 6/8   All the resources you need for a successful bee! 

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Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 with definitions, sentences and languages

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Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists  for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8  with sentences, definitions, and languages

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Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 only 

100 Diff Words Vol 1 275 px

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words with Definitions, Sentences and Pronunciations, Volumes 1 and 2

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences for Gr 3/5 & 6/8 Extra words & sentences at two levels

Anyword Spelling Practice eBooks from www.spelling-words-well.com

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series   Fun Worksheets, games & prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

101 Word Play Puzzlers 275 px

101 Word Play Puzzlers   Discover the FUN of letters & words as you solve each unique puzzle. Great vocabulary & spelling practice!