Spelling Word Extension Activities
Directions: Each school night, Monday — Thursday, choose an activity and complete it on a new page of your spelling journal. Start by writing the date at the top of the next new page. For each activity, you must use all of your spelling words.
1. RAINBOW WRITE
First, write each word in pencil. Then trace over each word THREE times each, using a different colored pencil or crayon. Trace neatly and you will see a rainbow.
2. SILLY SENTENCES
Write silly sentences using at least one spelling word in each sentence. Underline your spelling words.
3. DRAW IT
Illustrate your spelling words. Be sure to LABEL your pictures with your spelling words OR draw your favorite character saying your words.
4. SQUIGGLE SPELLING WORDS
Write your spelling words two times. First write them in regular, NEAT letters. Then write them in squiggly letters or bubble letters.
5. WRITE A STORY OR A MESSAGE
Write a story or message to someone using your spelling words. Underline your spelling words in the story or message.
6. CUT OUT WORDS
Find the letters of your words in a newspaper or Magazine. Cut out the letters and spell your words OR stamp them if you have letter stamps.
7. TYPE 'EM
Type your words two times each on the computer.  Make sure each word is in a different font and color.
8. OTHER HANDED
First write your spelling words the way you normally do. Then try writing the list with your other hand!
9. WORDS WITHIN WORDS
Write each spelling word, then try to find at least two words that can be made from the same letters inside the word. Ex. Earth; the; hat; rat; rate; her
10. VERTICAL WORDS
Write your words going down the page instead of across. Write them TWO times each.
Next up: my e-mail to the teacher explaining why we won't be doing this. I think I'll simplify my life and just say we don't have time, which is true. However, for my blog I will also say that this is a huge time-waster and typical of the madness that ensues when teachers try to make homework "fun".
I should explain that YD was given 12 spelling words, plus 2 challenge words, which, if I understand the labyrinthine directions correctly, she's also supposed to practice. Think how much time a resistant 8-year-old would take to actually do any of the above activities! Just choosing one out of the 10 methods could take any child skilled at procrastinating (either of my kids, for a start) at least a half-hour.